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