Difference between “some” and “any”

Difference between some and any

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“Some” is used in positive statements.

“Any” is used in negative statements and questions:

  • I want some bread
  • I don’t want any bread.
  • Do we have any bread in the house?

Exception to the rule:

“Some” can be used in questions if you are offering something to someone, or asking for something:

  • Would you like some bread?
  • Can I have some extra ketchup for my fries, please?

Only use “some” and “any” with uncountable nouns and plural countable nouns:

  • She wants some water. (water = uncountable noun)
  • He hasn’t received any e-mails yet. (e-mails = plural countable noun)

Don’t use “some” or “any” with singular countable nouns:

  • Can I have some apple? (apple = singular countable noun)
    Can I have an apple?
  • Paul doesn’t have any car. (car = singular countable noun)
    Paul doesn’t have a car.

Difference between "some" and "any"

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Question 1
He doesn't have _______ brothers or sisters.
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a
B
some
C
any
Question 2
Is there _____ sugar in this coffee?
A
a
B
some
C
any
Question 3
Do you have _____ friends who speak English?
A
a
B
some
C
any
Question 4
My boyfriend gave me _____ flowers for my birthday.
A
a
B
some
C
any
Question 5
Can you lend me _____ money? I'll pay you back next week.
A
a
B
some
C
any
Question 6
I put ____ paper in the printer.
A
a
B
some
C
any
Question 7
Would you like ____ cup of coffee?
A
a
B
some
C
any
Question 7 Explanation: 
Although "coffee" is uncountable, "cup of coffee" is a singular countable noun, so we use "a"
Question 8
I'm reading _____ interesting article.
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an
B
some
C
any
Question 9
Is there ____ orange juice in the fridge?
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an
B
some
C
any
Question 10
I had ____ leftover spaghetti for lunch.
A
a
B
some
C
any
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