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Learn the Difference Between ‘Some’ and ‘Any’ in Less Than a Minute

Updated on January 14, 2021Grammar

Some typically implies a specific type or form. For example: I bought some candles. Some of my Facebook friends live in San Diego.

Some is only used in a question when an offer is being made, or there is a request for something. For example: Do you need some assistance? Could I have some more of that pecan pie?

Some and any

Use any when you’re talking about something that is not specific. For example: I don’t want any help. There isn’t any pecan pie.

Any also describes an indefinite or an incomplete quantity when the speaker can not, or does not need or want to specify a number or an exact amount. For example: He does not have any friends on the team.

To learn more about the differences between similar words, read this blog post about who’s vs. whose.

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