When to Use Any or Some

  • Use "some" in positive sentences. We use some for both countable and uncountable nouns.

    Example: I have some friends.

  • 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.

  • 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)

  • 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.

  • Use "some" words - somebody, someone, somewhere and something - in positive sentences.

    Example: He lives somewhere near here.

  • 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.

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