Can anybody please tell me what the difference between some and any is?
Here are two examples:
Can you please give any advice on that?
Can you please give some advice on that?
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any refers to an amount, no matter how little of it there may be:
Is there any salt left?
--Yes, but there is only the tiniest pinch.
or to a set that is not the null set:
Was any person in the audience wearing a baseball cap?
--Yes, there was a guy wearing a baseball cap.
some refers to an indefinite number:
Were people in the audience wearing baseball hats?
--Yes, some people were wearing baseball hats.
Were there many?
--Well, more than a few to be sure.
or to an indefinite amount:
I would like to try some of your soup, but just a little, please.