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    Some/any

    Hello.

    Can I omit "some" and "any" in my sentences? Will they sound natural?

    1."I bought some mushrooms."

    2. "I bought some milk."

    3. "We have some milk in the fridge."

    4. "I have books about Irish history."

    5. "I didn't buy any mushrooms."

    6. "I didn't buy any milk."

    7. "We don't have any milk in the fridge."

    8. "I don't have any books about Irish history."

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    Re: Some/any

    All the food-related ones would be OK without "some/any". I find the ones about books unnatural.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Some/any

    If spoken there are subtle differences in meaning when using "some" depending on which word you stress.

    "I bought some mushrooms" means that you bought mushrooms.

    "I bought some mushrooms" means that the quantity is be less than the person you are speaking to may be expecting.
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    Re: Some/any

    "I bought some mushrooms."

    "I bought some mushrooms."


    Some is pronounced /səm/ in the first sentence and /sʌm/ in the second in BrE.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 04-Sep-2020 at 12:59. Reason: Fixed typo
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    Re: Some/any

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    "I bought some mushrooms."

    "I bought some mushrooms."


    Some is pronounced /səm/ in the first sentence and /sʌm/ in the second in BrE.
    Is it because stressed/strong forms are pronounced clearly? I am asking about /sʌm/. Do verbs also have strong forms?

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    Re: Some/any

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    Is it because stressed/strong forms are pronounced clearly? I am asking about /sʌm/. Do verbs also have strong forms?
    In American English, we don't change a word's pronunciation when we stress it. We pronounce some the same way, whether it's stressed or not.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Some/any

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    In American English, we don't change a word's pronunciation when we stress it. We pronounce some the same way, whether it's stressed or not.
    That's not right. Other vowels tend to become schwas in the unstressed pronunciation.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Some/any

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    Do verbs also have strong forms?
    The primary auxiliary verbs (BE, HAVE, DO) have unstressed and/or contracted forms; some of the modals (can, could, must, shall, should, will, would) also have unstressed and/or contracted forms; a few other verbs have informal forms in speech and very informal writing, such as gonna and wanna.
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