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Some or Any?

Use SOME in positive statements.

  • I’ve read some good books lately.

Use “some” with uncountable nouns and with plural countable nouns.

With singular countable nouns, just use a/an:

  • I’ve read a good book lately.

Use ANY in negative statements (with don’t, didn’t, haven’t, etc)

  • I haven’t read any good books lately.

Use “any” with uncountable nouns and with plural countable nouns. With singular countable nouns, just use a/an:

  • I don’t have any pencils.
    (pencils = plural countable noun)
  • I don’t have any paper.
    (paper = uncountable noun)
  • I don’t have any dictionary.
    I don’t have a dictionary.
    (dictionary = singular countable noun)

Use ANY in questions:

  • Have you read any good books lately?

Exception: Always use SOME when offering something (would you like…?) or asking for something (can I have…?)

  • Can I have some soda?
  • Would you like some chicken?

Any or No?

In sentences that begin with “There,” you can say them two different ways:

  • There aren’t any books on the table.
    = There are no books on the table.
  • There isn’t any milk in the fridge.
    = There‘s no milk in the fridge.
  • There wasn’t any music at the party.
    = There was no music at the party.
  • There weren’t any cookies in the box.
    = There were no cookies in the box.

Both forms are correct!

Double Negatives

Never use “not” and “no” together:

  • There aren’t no books on the table.
  • There isn’t no milk in the fridge.
  • There wasn’t no music at the party.
  • There weren’t no cookies in the box.

Something / Anything / Nothing

The same rules apply to something, anything, and nothing:

  • I want to try something new this year.
  • I didn’t eat anything at the restaurant.
  • Are you doing anything interesting this weekend?
  • There’s nothing to do in this town.

Someone / Anyone / No one
Somebody / Anybody / Nobody

Someone and somebody are the same, as are anyone and anybody and no one and nobody.

  • Someone forgot to turn the lights off before leaving.
  • I don’t know anyone who works from home.
  • Did you meet anyone new at the conference?
  • Nobody likes the new teacher.

Somewhere / Anywhere / Nowhere

  • Let’s go somewhere warm on our next vacation.
  • I can’t find my keys anywhere!
  • Did you go anywhere else before coming home?
  • The waiting room was so crowded that there was nowhere to sit down.


Quiz: Some / Any / No Exercises

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