I know it sounds more natural to say "have we got any paper for the printer?", but is it incorrect to use "some" here?

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    You can say either. – Michael Harvey Dec 23 '19 at 10:52
  • or even neither. – Mr Lister Dec 23 '19 at 12:52
  • I would ask if we have paper for the printer when I can’t find any. I would ask if we have some paper for the printer when I’m wondering whether any or the paper we have has been designated for the printer: “So we have paper for the copier and the fax machine, have we got some for the printer?” – Jim Dec 23 '19 at 16:48
  • Would it be unusual to use "some" if it's the first scenario? – Ana Dec 25 '19 at 5:53
  • The reason why I'm asking this is that it comes from a grammar exercise and the answer key offers "any" as the only answer. – Ana Dec 25 '19 at 7:00

You can use that, I think that's okay.

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Have we got any or some** paper for the printer? [After a prior discussion]

They are basically the same in this case. Though one can be picky about it.

  • Have you got any friends? [the person thinks you might not have any friends]
  • Have you got some friends? [the person does not think you don't]

However, you can also ask and people often do say:

Have we got printer paper?

There is no intrinsic need for any or some.

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  • If there's no prior discussion, can I use "some"? – Ana Dec 25 '19 at 5:44

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