One-Point English Grammar Lesson: Any or Some?

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She found some crabs. I wonder if she caught any…

You can use both any or some as a determiner before a plural countable or non-countable noun.

We use some in positive sentences, like this:

  • Jack has some blank CDs. I think I will ask him for a few.
  • There are some dog treats in the closet.
  • Some people in my office live in the suburbs.

We use any for negative sentences.

  • Jack doesn’t have any blank CDs. I think I will give him a few.
  • There aren’t  any dog treats in the closet.
  • There aren’t any people in my office live in the suburbs.

We usually use any for questions, but some is also possible for questions

  • Does Jack have any blank CDs?
  • Are there any dog treats in the closet?
  • Do you have some money I could borrow?

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