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Some/Any Practice Exercise

We use some and any to talk about unspecific numbers or amounts. Read the grammar explanation below and then try the practice exercise.



When to use some (also someone, somebody, something, somewhere):

  • Affirmative statements
    There is someone waiting in the lobby.
    We have some time in the afternoon.
  • Requests
    Can someone help me?
    Could we have some extra time?
  • Genuine offers
    Would you like some help with that?
    Can I get you something to drink?



When to use any (also anyone, anybody, anything, anywhere):

  • Questions (except for genuine offers and requests)
    Does anyone here speak French?
    Do you have any objections?
  • Negative statements (including statements with never and without)
    I don’t have any experience with this technology.
    We never cut any corners.
  • To communicate “it doesn’t matter which/what/when/who…”
    Feel free to call us any time.
    Any day of the week will be fine.
  • Expressions of doubt or uncertainty
    I don’t think there’s anyone here by that name.
    She doubts there’s anything we can do.
  • Most expressions with “if”
    If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call.
    Please let me know if anyone is planning to take vacation during the holidays.
  • Hesitant offers (expected answer is often “no”)
    Can I get you anything to drink?
    Would you like anything else?
    We can use both some and any to make an offer. Generally, we use some for genuine offers. For example, a server at a restaurant might say “Can I get you something to drink?” (a genuine offer). However, before a job interview the interviewer might ask “Can I get you anything to drink?” (a hesitant offer that is likely to be refused).


Some vs. Any Practice Exercise

Choose the correct answer.