Does these two sentences have the same meaning?

  1. Do this if any of As are B.
  2. Do this if some of As are B.

I would say yes, but I am not sure; if so, is one prefered over another? The second sounds better to me, but I think in mathematical and technical literature one more often ecounters the first.

  • Welcome to ELL! +1 Good question. (You don't need of in your examples, by the way. You can just say if some As are B) Apr 8, 2018 at 20:39

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They mean the same.

"If some of the As are Bs"

suggest that you are expecting either none or a plural amount:

If some of the lines have comments, take a sample of the comments and check for grammatical accuracy.

But using "any" could mean you are expecting perhaps only one.

If any of the lines have comments award one mark for use of a comment.

But you could have switched some and any in these examples and there would be no ambiguity or loss of meaning.

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