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.

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.

Look at the chart below:

 

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 — something to eat?
  • I have — some money in my wallet.
  • Is there — any juice in the fridge?
  • He can’t think of — anything to do.
  • I’d like to go — somewhere hot for my vacation.
  • Is there — anybody OR anyone who plays tennis in your class?
  • I’m afraid I don’t have — any answers to life’s problems.
  • Could I have — some Coke?

Write some positive and negative sentences, as well as some questions using “some” and “any” !

Continue Learning for Beginners Unit 3 Simple Present, Countable and Uncountable, This, That, These and Those, Some and Any

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