Some or Any

We use some and any with uncountable nouns and with countable nouns in the plural when we don't know the exact amount.

Use of some

SOME: 1. In sentences you expect a positive answer and with demands
  Examples: I bought some very nice postcards. Give me some orange juice, please.
  2. In polite questions or requests or if we expect the answer "YES"
  Examples: Would you like some more coffee? Do we have some time to go to the cinema?


Use of any

ANY: 1. In questions: Have you got any blue shoes?
  2. In negations: No, I haven't got any.
  3. In conditional clauses: If I had any, I would wear it.
  4. We use any with never, without and hardly They hardly do any homework.


Compound words with some and any

They are used the same way as some and any.
Talking about people: somebody - anybody = someone - anyone
I didn't know anyone at the meeting. I had to ask someone to find the hotel.
Talking about things: something - anything
We don't have anything to eat. He saw something in his garden.
Talking about places: somewhere - anywhere
We didn't go anywhere last weekend. They stayed somewhere near Manchester.



Some or Any - Exercises