# Any Or Some? In 'If' Clauses...

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Hi,
I've got a big problem... What's the difference between #1 and #2 in each pair? Could you comment a little on these?

#1 - If any customers call, tell them I'll be back tomorrow at 6.
#2 - If some customers call, tell them I'll be back tomorrow at 6.

#1 - If any customer calls, tell them I'll be back tomorrow at 6.
#2 - If some customer calls, tell them I'll be back tomorrow at 6.

#1 - If anyone tries to cross the line, shoot.
#2 - If someone tries to cross the line, shoot.

#1 - If anyone told you that Bush was actually an evil robot from Jupiter, would you believe them?
#2 - If someone told you that Bush was actually an evil robot from Jupiter, would you believe them?

#1 - I wanted to know if you had any interesting books for me.
#2 - I wanted to know if you had some interesting books for me.

Thank you in advance. Sorry if there are too many examples, but I really don't know if "any" is mandatory in "if-clauses"...

#1 - I wanted to know if you had any interesting books for me.
if you have interesting books at all

#2 - I wanted to know if you had some interesting books for me.
if you have (one, but preferably) several interesting books
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Hi,
thanks, but I still have so many doubts! In negative sentences, there's a difference between "some" and "any", and I know it (I don't have any money / I don't have any money). In questions, the difference is sometimes little, but I know it (Do you have any sisters? / Can I use some of yours?). But what about "if"? What's the difference, and how should I chose between "some" and "any" in if-clauses? (see the examples above to get a rough idea of my problem)
Thanks
any is not mandatory in if clauses. It depends on the meaning you want. So sometimes some is better than any.

#1 - If any customers call, tell them I'll be back tomorrow at 6. Usual. No matter who.
#2 - If some customers call, tell them I'll be back tomorrow at 6. Less usual. Leave out some and it's virtually the same meaning.

#1 - If any customer calls, tell them I'll be back tomorrow at 6. Usual. No matter who.
#2 - If some customer calls, tell them I'll be back tomorrow at 6. Less usual. some = a here.

#1 - If anyone tries to cross the line, shoot. Usual. Unknown person. It doesn't matter who.
#2 - If someone tries to cross the line, shoot. Usual. More likely, one of a group of known persons.

#1 - If anyone told you that Bush was actually an evil robot from Jupiter, would you believe them? Yes. Oops! I mean: Not usual to emphasize "It doesn't matter who".
#2 - If someone told you that Bush was actually an evil robot from Jupiter, would you believe them? Much more usual, someone just means "a person" here.

#1 - I wanted to know if you had any interesting books for me. Approach of total ignorance.
#2 - I wanted to know if you had some interesting books for me. Hopeful approach. You probably have some books, and hopefully they'll be interesting, and hopefully they are for me. A little presumptuous as well.

#1 - Question from "I read about it in some newspaper" ---> "Did you read about it in any newspaper?" No. Keep the some.
#2 - Question from "I read about it in some newspaper" ---> "Did you read about it in some newspaper?" Yes. Like this. "some" = "I don't know or can't remember which".

CJ
CalifJim

#1 - If anyone told you that Bush was actually an evil robot from Jupiter, would you believe them? Yes. Oops!

Sorry, it was beyond my control
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Jim, your answer was perfect, it was exaclty what I wanted. That post says a lot about the difference between "some" and "any"... It's much more clear now, thank you so much.
CalifJim

#1 - If anyone told you that Bush was actually an evil robot from Jupiter, would you believe them? Yes. Ooops!

Ah, I was forgetting to lol... that one made me lol, lol.