“Some” means “a certain number/amount of”. You say it when you don’t want to specify exactly how much, but probably not very much!

I’ve got some money.         There’s some water on the floor.

We also use it in questions, when we expect or invite people to say “yes”.

Could I have some tea?     Would you like some cake?

 

“Any” is used instead of “some” in negative sentences, in most questions, and with “if”. 

Do you have any change?     I don’t have any lunch.      

If you see any students walking around, direct them to their classroom.

 

We use these words in a similar way to some/any:

something/anything, someone/anyone, somebody/anybody.

“Someone” and “somebody” are the same. So are “anyone” and “anybody”. 

 

Now you try!

What’s the correct word? Choose from: some, any, somebody, anybody, something, anything

  1. My mother has got _______ old photos that she likes showing us.
  2. Would you like _______ tea?
  3. I didn’t meet _______ at the conference.
  4. If you have _______ problems, please let me know.
  5. We don’t have _______ lemonade, but we’ve got _______ coke.
  6. Do you know _______ Chinese words?
  7. He bought his wife _______ flowers for her birthday.
  8. Is there _______ I can do?
  9. There’s _______ in reception for the manager.
  10. There aren’t _______ cakes left.

Answers

  1. some
  2. some
  3. anyone
  4. any
  5. any, some
  6. any
  7. some
  8. anything OR something
  9. someone OR somebody
  10. any