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Use of "Any" and "Some"

For Questions, Statements, Positive and Negative Sentences

Read the conversation below:

Barbara: Is there any milk left?
Katherine: Yes, there is some in the bottle on the table.
Barbara: Would you like some milk?
Katherine: No, thank you. I don't think I'll drink any tonight. Could I have some water, please?
Barbara: Sure. There is some in the fridge.


In this example, Barbara asks "Is there any milk left?" using 'any' because she doesn't know if there is milk or not. Katherine responds with 'some milk' because there is milk in the house. In other words, 'some' indicates that there is milk. The questions "would you like some" and "could I have some" refers to something that exists that is offered or requested.

Barbara: Do you know anybody who comes from China?
Katherine: Yes, I think there is someone who is Chinese in my English class.
Barbara: Great, could you ask him some questions for me?
Katherine: No problem. Is there anything special you want me to ask?
Barbara: No, I don't have anything in particular in mind. Maybe you could ask him some questions about life in China. Is that OK?
Katherine: I would be happy to do that for you.


The same rules apply in this conversation, but are used for words made using "some" or "any". The question "Do you know anybody" is used because Barbara doesn't know if Katherine knows a person from China. Katherine then uses "someone" to refer to a person she knows. The negative form of "anything" is used in the sentence "I don't have anything" because it is in the negative.

Some / Any Chart

This chart introduces the use of 'some' and 'any' in positive and negative sentences, as well as in questions. Notice that 'some' and 'any' are used for both countable and uncountable (non count) nouns. Once you have studied the rules, take the follow up quiz to check your understanding.

SOME We use "some" in positive sentences. We use some for both countable and uncountable nouns.Example: I have some friends.
ANY We use "any" in negative sentences or questions. We use any for both countable and uncountable nouns.Example: Do you have any cheese? - He doesn't have any friends in Chicago.
EXCEPTION! We use "some" in questions when offering or requesting something that is there.Example: Would you like some bread? (offer) - Could I have some water? (request)
ANY We use "any" in negative sentences or questions. We use any for both countable and uncountable nouns.Example: Do you have any cheese? - He doesn't have any friends in Chicago.
SOMEBODY, SOMEWHERE, SOMETHING We use "some" words - somebody, someone, somewhere and something - in positive sentences. Example: He lives somewhere near here.
ANYBODY, ANYWHERE, ANYTHING We use "any" words - anybody, anyone, anywhere and anything - in negative sentences or questions. Example: Do you know anything about that boy? - She doesn't have anywhere to go.
Fill in the gaps in the sentences below with some or any, or some or any words (somewhere, anybody)
  • Would you like to eat?
  • I have money in my wallet.
  • Is there juice in the fridge?
  • He can't think of to do.
  • I'd like to go hot for my vacation.
  • Is there who plays tennis in your class?
  • I'm afraid I don't have answers to life's problems.
  • Could I have Coke?

Continue Practicing

-To continue practicing, write some positive and negative sentences, as well as some questions using "some" and "any"! Next, have a conversation with a friend making sure to ask questions with both 'some' and 'any'.

-Take this some or any quiz to check your knowledge.

- Learn the related forms much / many, few / little that change depending on whether the noun modified is countable or uncountable.

- Finish by taking a quiz which covers all of these forms related to quantity.

- Teachers can use this some and any grammar chant to help students memorize the form.

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