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when to use 'any' or 'some' in a question?

Could anyone explain the usage of any or some in a question? It seems to me there must be a subtle difference. I know 'any' should be used in a question e.g. 'Do you need any help?' But I've also ...
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“I'll let you know once I have any” vs. “once I have some”

I have no questions so far but I will let you know once I have any. Is this grammatical, or should it be "... once I have some" instead?
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Is “Have you some water?” a grammatically correct sentence? [duplicate]

I believe it same as saying "Do you have some water?" Is it?
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Is there any case when “some/any” can be used in place of “an” for emphasis?

Consider the following sentence Can an agent live without an environment? which should be interpreted as without its own environment. Would it be correct to phrase this using any for additional ...
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Have you been cooking something? or Have you been cooking anything? [duplicate]

"There is a strange smell here. Have you been cooking something?" Is something correct here? As far as I know we must use any in negative and interrogative sentences...
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“Some” with singular or plural in the mentioned context?

One of the meanings of "some" is: an unspecified amount or number of. Example: "I made some money running errands" (Source) So, can I use "some" with a noun that might be singular or plural? For ...
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“any” with a plural noun [duplicate]

Should the word "subject" be in a plural or singular form in the following example: "... the Internet helps you collect information about any subjects you want...". I'd myself choose the singular one, ...
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Complete negation or partial? “I don't think anybody X”

"I don't think anybody saw it coming." I assume that this sentence means that the speaker thinks nobody saw it coming, but can't this pattern "I don't think anybody X" be took as "I think that not ...
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some dozen, some thousand

Some [number] [plural noun] means "approximately [number] [plural noun]". For example: Some seven speakers preceded me, so no one listened to my speech. = About seven speakers preceded me, so ...
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Usage of “some” with a singular noun [closed]

Is it correct to say "This verb cannot be used in this sentence. You can look it up in some dictionary" I'm interested in "dictionary", should we say "dictionary"or "dictionaries" since we have "some"...
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Can I use “some” as a synonym of “very”?

I heard some used unusually a few times. Based on context, I figured that the meaning of some in that sentences was very. However, I'm not sure. Can I really use some as a synonym of very? Here are ...
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Using “some” to describe units of time

"some minutes, some years, some seconds" are grammatically incorrect. But "a few minutes, a few years, a few seconds" works. I'm trying to teach a non-native speaker this nuance but "it just sounds ...
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When “any” (whatever) is followed by a countable noun, does the noun need to be plural?

This is an extract from a formal certificate written by a non-native English speaker. This certification is issued to the bearer for any possible uses. Is it correct? Personally, I think it should ...
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Are there rules for using “any” and “some”?

In my university, in English Grammar, I learned I can use "any" for negative and interrogative sentences and "some" in positive sentences, but when I watch English movies, "any" is used in positive ...
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Anybody or somebody? Don't or doesn't?

I'm trying to write this parable: Just as knowledge alone of a language doesn't make somebody a poet... Questions: Does one write "doesn't" or "don't"? From what I know of grammar, I would go ...
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How can SOMEONE or How can ANYONE?

I've learned that we use "someone" when in affirmative sentence and "anyone" when in negative or question sentence. Altough, I saw a lot of results in google for the sentence "how can ANYONE". So ...
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what does it mean, when a girl tells a guy, “sounds like a catch”

After you mentioned the good qualities of another female, and desire to have a female like such.
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Some + Countable Noun: True Only When Plural?

Assume there are multiple books on a shelf. At least one book is red. At least one book is blue. Sentence in dispute: Some of the books are red. Is this sentence false if only one book is red? ...
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Explain something: anything [closed]

Any seems synonymous with some in some examples, such as "Is anyone home?". And any seems synonymous with every in some examples below, and definitely not in others. On the internet I encountered a ...
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Should I use either or any in this sentence?

So, I want to ask the students to contact me if they are interested in topics A and B. Which one is better? Please contact me if you are interested in any of the following topics: ... or Please ...
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“Any information” or “some information” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Any” or “some” in various questions? I'm trying to figure out which is correct, or if both are correct. From what I understand (and I may be wrong, so please correct me)... "...
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“If someone…they can” vs. “if anyone…they can” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to know when to use “someone” or “anyone”? In what contexts would it be correct/appropriate to say, "If someone [does or wants to do something] they can" as opposed to "If ...
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How to know when to use “someone” or “anyone”?

I am trying to write a grammar rule that will be able to identify when to use someone or anyone, and I got confused. I couldn't find any clear way to do this. For instance, "anyone can do it" is ...
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Central determiners “some” and “any” used with singular count nouns

I couldn't comment on Irene's post here, so I decided to make a topic. I'd like to know whether this phrase: "I can give you any book that's left" is grammatically right since "some" and "any" are ...
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“Any” or “some” in various questions?

I'm wondering why I always hear "some" in questions, although according to English grammar there should always be "any". At least the one I'm looking at uses "some". For example: Why are some ...