Grammar Lessons: Some and Any

How to Use Some and Any

Some and Any are used with plural countables and Uncountable nouns


We use some for affirmative sentences and questions with plural and uncountable nouns.

Check the following information to understand it better:

Some with Plural Countables

Positive Statements
  • I will buy some books for you.
  • She has some cellphones that she wants to show you.
  • I will try to get some friends to help us out.
  1. is she going to buy some books for you?
  2. Does she have some cellphones to sell?
  3. Will she try to get some friends to help us out?

Some with Uncountable Nouns

  • She has some information for your mother.
  • He has some time to speak to you 
  • I will bring some water.
  • Does she have some information for your mother?
  • Does he have some time to speak to me?
  • Will she bring some water for us?

Remember that some is not used to:

  1. Affirmative sentences with singular countable nouns
  2. Questions with singular countable nouns
  3. Negative Statements

I don’t have any money


We use Any for  negative statements and questions with uncountable and plural countable nouns.

Check these examples for more information

Any with Uncountable Nouns

  1. Do you have any money?
  2. Does she have any new information?
  3. Did you bring any help?
Negative Statements
  1. She doesn’t have any money
  2. She didn’t give us any new information
  3. You didn’t bring any help

Any with Plural Countable Nouns

  1. Do you have any children?
  2. Do you know any famous people?
  3. Do you play any sports?
Negative Statements
  1. I don’t have any children
  2. I don’t know any famous people
  3. I don’t play any sports

Any with Affirmative Sentences

As a general rule, we use SOME in affirmative sentences and ANY in interrogative and negative sentences.

However  ANY can be used in affirmative statement to say that it is not important which specific individual item is referred to

  1. Pick any design that you want
  2. Press any key
  3. She can talk on any topic
  4. You can take any book you like, I’ve got many
  5. You can go any day you want, It is always open

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