Some and Any

Some and Any



Some is usually used to indicate positive substance. Any is used in questions and negatives. For example,

  • There is some bread on the table.
  • I would like some more meat.
  • Do you have any towels?
  • There aren’t any more oranges.


Some and any can also be used as parts of indefinite pronouns: something, somebody, anything, anyone.

  • Is anyone home?
  • There isn’t anything in the oven.
  • Something is wrong.

Be careful when using some and any alone in sentences.

I don’t have some.

I don’t have any.



Some can also be used in certain types of questions, such as offers and requests. For example,

  • Would you like some more pie?
  • Could I have some candy?

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