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    Doubt

    Please I need help with this issue.
    I was taught that "some" can be used in interrogative questions in the following cases:
    When we are making an offer, or a request, and we want to encourage the person we are speaking to, to say "Yes":

    I was taking a test and found this question:
    Where can I buy__toothpaste?
    Options: some/any/a/one

    Seemingly the answer is "some" as the answersheet shows.
    Why? No offer, no invitation, no clue for a yes answer. (Is that a request or is just a question?)

    Another example:
    Where can I get "some" information?
    Is that a request or is just a question?

    In short, in what cases must I use some in an interrogative question, besides the one posted?

    Thanks in advance for your help

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    Re: Doubt

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    Where can I buy some toothpaste?
    Where can I get some information?
    These are both requests for information, not toothpaste (re #1)

    Where can I buy some toothpaste?-- presumes that toothpaste is available.
    Can I buy any toothpaste?-- an inquiry about travelling in Lower Slobovia.

    Where can I get some information?-- presumes the availability of such.
    Where can I get any information?-- no idea whether info is available.
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