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    Question some/any

    I want to exsplane to my doghter different between some and any,or when she has to use some and any

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    Re: some/any

    "Any" is used when there are three or more choices to choose from, and it doesn't matter which one is chosen. For example, a conversation may go like this:

    Person 1: "Would you like toast, eggs, cereal, pancakes or bacon for breakfast?"
    Person 2: "Any."

    This would mean that person 2 is happy to have one of those choices, with out preferring one over another. In this case, person 1 would choose what to give person 2 for breakfast. If there were only two choices, the conversation would go like this:

    Person 1: "Would you like toast or eggs for breakfast?"
    Person 2: "Either."

    "Either" has exactly the same meaning as "any", but it is only used when there are two choices.

    I can't think of a very good explanation for "some", especially so because "some" and "any" can in particular sentences be swapped, while the sentence has the same meaning. I'll wait and see if any one comes and offers one, otherwise I'll try my best at that as well.


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    Re: some/any

    Quote Originally Posted by gilebeer View Post
    I want to exsplane to my doghter different between some and any,or when she has to use some and any
    The first rule of thumb is use 'some' with a positive statement, and 'any' with a negative one. For example:

    1) What are you talking about? I do have SOME friends.
    2) I know what you mean. I don't have ANY friends.

    Secondly, if it's a question, use 'some' if you expect a positive answer, and 'any' if you expect a negative one. For example:

    1) "Would you like SOME of that roast beef?"
    2) "Are you SURE you don't want ANY of that sprout souffle?"

    If it's a general question with no expectation as to the answer, you can use either.

    Finally, 'any' is used in an affirmative statement to state a negative truth. For example:

    "Would you like SOME of that roast beef?"
    "Yes I would, but there is hardly ANY left."

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    Re: some/any

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    You'll frequently need any in if-sentences:
    "If you have any questions, just give me a call."
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    Re: some/any

    Quote Originally Posted by Philly View Post
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    AND
    You'll frequently need any in if-sentences:
    "If you have any questions, just give me a call."
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    Thanks Philly - quite correct

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