SOME OR ANY?
Which one is better?
Mark, have you got any bread for the sandwiches? or
Mark have you got some bread for the sandwiches?
The following is part of the Heinemann English Grammar by Digby Beaumont and Colin Granger ( both native speakers ) and this is what they say about some and any (pg 177 )
We normally use ANY in OPEN QUESTIONS ( when we do not expect a particular answer)
Have you got any writing paper?
Is there any tea in the cupboard?
But we often use SOME in questions when we expect people to say “yes”
Have you got some paper I could have, please?
We also use SOME in questions when we want to encourage people to say “yes” for example in REQUESTS and OFFERS :
Can you let me have some paper? How much do you want?
Would you like some more tea? Oh, yes, please.
The Heinemann English Grammar Digby Beaumont , Colin Granger HEINEMANN 1992
|link comment||answered May 31 '14 at 13:31 angela New member|
I think any is more correct because we don't expect a particular answer.
I think this is an open question and not a request.
Have you got any bread for the sandwiches? OPEN QUESTION
Can I have some bread for the sandwiches ? REQUEST
What do you think? Thank you!
|link comment||answered May 30 '14 at 15:40 angela New member|
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