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How to use Some and Any

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'I bought some bread' or 'I bought any bread'?


Countable and uncountable

Some is used with both countable and uncountable nouns:

Countable Nouns - 'Some people in my school like Jazz.'
Uncountable Nouns - 'There was some snow here last winter.'

Positive sentences

Some is used in positive sentences:

'I have some friends.'
'We bought some coffee.'


We use some in questions when we expect the answer to be 'yes' or when we are offering something, otherwise, we use any:

'Would you like some milk?


Some is also used in questions when we are making a request:

'Can I borrow some money?'


Negative sentences

Any is used in negative sentences:

'I don't have any friends.'
'There isn't any bread left.'


Any is used in questions:

'Do you have any money?'
'Is there any sugar?'

Link: How to use 'By'

  • We will have ___ news soon.

  • Would you like ___ breakfast?

  • There is not ___ rain in summer.

  • Can I have ___ coffee?

  • I think I will have ___ toast.

  • Do you have ___ pets?

  • She had ___ good ideas.

  • He does not have ___ patience.