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Some and Any

Some and any are used to state the quantity or the number of nouns without stating the exact number. Generally we use some in positive sentences and any in negative sentences.

Some is used in positive statements:

We've got some good news.
So far I’ve taken some really nice photos.

Some is used in questions when we offer or ask for things:

Would you like some sugar?
Would you send us some information?
Can you give me some advice, please?

Any is used in question and in negative statements:

Do you have any questions?
Are there any messages for me?
Is there any tea left?
It doesn't make any difference to me.

We use any in the meaning ‘it doesn’t matter which’:

Cars can be rented at almost any airport.
Any child would know that.
Take any book you want.

Both ‘some’ and ‘any’ are common in if-clauses.

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