‘Some’ and ‘Any’ are commonly used when we are learning about the English grammar. So, do you know how to distinguish these two words? Today, we are going to talk about some general situations and 3 exceptions to use these words!

 

Under general situations

 

1. ‘Some’ and ‘Any’ are used in plural uncountable nouns, for example:

 

(Some) I need to buy some groceries this afternoon. Will you go with me?

 

(Any) Could you use social media pages to advertise if there are any special offers?

 

2. ‘Some’ is used in affirmative sentences

 

She plays some instruments like the guitar and trumpet.

 

3. ‘Any’ is used in negative sentences, or questions

 

There isn’t any noise in the office. Everyone is focusing on their work.

 

Are there any apples left in the refrigerator?

 

Exceptions

 

1. Use ‘Some’ in questions: when we are pretty sure that the answer will be ‘yes’; or it is about a request.

 

Could you buy me some takeaways on your way home?

 

2. Use ‘Any’ in affirmative sentences: when there is an adverb about negative feelings, such as hardly, rarely, without, and never.

 

It’s impossible to buy a house without any forms of down payment.

 

3. Use ‘Any’ in singular countable nouns: when you do not care which thing is more important

 

You can take any table you like here. I have got too many at home.