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Hi teachers!


Today my question is tegarding some and any. Generally we use 'some' for an affirmative sentence and 'any' for negative and questions.

By the way, I wonder how native speakers say in case of the below.


"Mom I want some brownies. Do you have some/any?"


As always many thanks teachers : )

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Michelle ChaDo you have some/any?

Typically we use 'any' in a question, but both are possible.

The difference is subtle and difficult to explain. 'any' has a sort of absolute meaning, with no assumptions about the existence of what you're asking about. But if you change 'any' to 'some', you indicate that you think that there are some of what you're talking about (brownies in this case).

For example, if you detect the smell of just-baked brownies, you'll more likely ask Can I have some brownies? rather than Can I have any brownies?

In most cases, if you are in doubt, use 'any' and you'll be understood.

CJ

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Michelle Cha

Today my question is regarding some and any. Generally we use 'some' for an affirmative sentence and 'any' for negative and questions.

By the way, I wonder how native speakers say in case of the below.

"Mom I want some brownies. Do you have some/any?"


To be accurate, "some" has a positive orientation,"any" a negative orientation. "Some" is not banned from all interrogatives. Compare:

[1] Did you make any brownies?

[2] Did you make some brownies?

[3] Can I have some brownies?

The positive orientation here of "some" is reflected in the fact that while [1] is quite neutral, [2] and [3] suggest a somewhat greater inclination on the part of the speaker to think that the answer may well be positive.