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    #1

    is there some/no sugar

    Hi,

    I've come across the question below on Facebook. The question was asked by a non-native speaker of English.

    Is there ......... sugar in the kitchen?

    A: any
    B: some
    C: no
    D: a

    I said to him that all the options except for 'D' is OK but he said only 'A' is OK. And I felt confused. I know it is very easy for you but could you please help me with it?

    Thanks.

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    Re: is there some/no sugar

    You're right. We can use A, B or C depending on what we want to ask.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: is there some/no sugar

    Many grammar books say that any is used in questions, and it is, but it is not the only form used in questions- b & c are also possible here.

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    Re: is there some/no sugar

    A: Is there any sugar in the kitchen?
    B: Yes, it's right next to the flour.
    A: Good. I want to bake some cookies.
    B: Help yourself.

    A: Is there some sugar in the kitchen?
    B: Yes. A little
    A: I just want to put some in my coffee.
    B: There is enough then.

    In the third scenario the person has been looking for sugar and hasn't found any.

    A: Is there no sugar in the kitchen?
    B: No, there isn't any. I guess I'll have to get some more when I go to the store.

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