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When to use Some and Any

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The use of some and any is easily confused.

Some means a certain (not large) number of something and is used in positive sentences, and questions when we expect the answer to be yes, such as in requests and offers.

Any is used instead of some in negative sentences, and most questions.

For example:

"I am having some biscuits with my coffee."

"There aren't any oranges left."

Fill in some or any below:

Lesson by Amanda Pooley, EC Cape Town English school

  • 1. Sarah has old baby pictures to show us.
  • 2. There aren't flights on Christmas Day.
  • 3. I haven't got groceries in the house and I'm supposed to make dinner!
  • 4. Have you got free time this weekend?
  • 5. I haven't done studying for this test.
  • 6. Has James got brothers or sisters?
  • 7. of my brother's friends came to my birthday party.
  • 8. Hardly of the students enjoy chemistry.
  • 9. There aren't oranges in the shops at this time of year.
  • 10. Can I get you tea? I've just made some.
  • 11. If there's pizza left, please put it in the fridge.
  • 12. I have planted beautiful flowers in the garden.