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    #1

    would you like some/any

    Hi everyone,

    I just came across this sentence:
    Two people in a restaurant and one says :"Would you like any tea?"

    As far as I know we use "some" not "any" in offers or when we ask for things.
    This person is clearly offering tea to the other person. So, how come?

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    #2

    Re: would you like some/any

    We can offer someone something in the following ways:

    Would you like tea?
    Would you like some tea?
    Would you like any tea?
    Would you like a cup of tea?

    Despite what many grammar books and some teachers say, there is no hard and fast rule about "some" and "any" in many contexts.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: would you like some/any

    Like many 'rules', it is a description of a common pattern- we do often use some in this kind of situation, but that doesn't make other possibilities wrong.

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