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Do you need {some/any} scissors? Yes. Do you have {some/any}?

A: Do you need _____ scissors? B: Yes. Do you have _____? a. any/any b. any/some c. some/any d. some/some My answer is b. any/some. Is that correct? Or is it choice c. some/any because some scissors =...
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"I didn’t agree with some of the things he said." — Why is it correct to use "some" after the negation?

an example from the textbook "the Cambridge Grammar of the English Language", page 359: (1) I didn’t agree with some of the things he said. As far as I know, "some" can't be used ...
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"Come on, anyone/someone, join me up here on the stage." – What's the difference between "anyone" and "someone" here?

a sentence from the textbook "the Cambridge Grammar of the English Language", page 382: (1) Come on, anyone, join me up here on the stage. my variant: (2) Come on, someone, join me up here ...
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someone who knows anyone

a. If you talk to someone who knows anyone, you'll find an answer to your question. b. If you talk to someone who knows anyone in this office, you'll find an answer to your question. Does 'anyone' ...
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"Didn't she say something?" vs. "Didn't she say anything?"

I think the second statement has negative meanings maybe the speaker thought she didn't even say a single word. Or he/she hesitates between the person speaking or not(speaking), but it's more likely ...
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Have you ever lost some/any money?

Are both these sentences grammatical? Have you ever lost some money? Have you ever lost any money? If so, what's the difference in meaning between them? I've read some is used when offering ...
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You have something/anything in mind?

A: Don't you think a bit of distraction might be good for you? B: I don't know. A: Well, if you want to do something sometime, just let me know. B: ...You have something/anything in mind? A: No, I ...
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Which to use, somewhere and anywhere? [duplicate]

A) Are you planning to go somewhere on vacation? B) Are you planning to go anywhere on vacation? Is there any difference between the two?
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"Let's go eat Italian food" vs "Let's go eat some Italian food"

Is there any difference between Let's go eat Italian food. and Let's go eat some Italian food. I'm not really sure when to add "some" in the sentence.
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The carpenter repaired SOME legs of the tables [closed]

My question was engendered by this question Which is correct, "The carpenter repaired the legs of the tables" or "The carpenter repaired legs of the tables" I wonder what this ...
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it isn't impossible for me to be swindled by anyone

a. It isn't impossible for me to be swindled by anyone. b. It is possible for me to be swindled by anyone. I think the meaning of (b) is clear. It seems to be saying that anyone can swindle me. ...
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Negative polarity item 'any' & Positive polarity item 'some'

In the book that I'm now reading, it says that the sentence (1) "Only two of us had some experience in sailing" is ungrammatical, because 'only' has negative meaning, so the positive ...
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I have anything

If I were to say, "I have anything". what would I be saying? Also I have seen one question about anything vs nothing. What about anything vs everything? I also have a question about what ...
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Can you omit do when the topic has been raised in a previous sentence?

For example in the following sentence it seems like do could be omitted: "Is it OK if we don't talk today? Or do you need to chat about something?" So that this would seem appropriate, maybe: "Is ...
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"I regret that Mary said that John had bought {something / anything} in that shop"

In the following sentences, would you, native English speakers, use the "any" form or the "some" form? Thank you very much! a) I regret that Mary said that John had bought {something / anything} in ...
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Any more\anymore\any longer\no longer\ no more

I wanted to say a sentence below but I made whole 5 variants of how it could be said. Do they really mean the same or the differ somehow? 1) From what shelf will people not be taking milk any ...
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If you have (any) questions

Do I need to use any in the following sentence? Does any change the meaning of the following sentence? If you have (any) questions on the subject, feel free to ask me. As an English speaker would ...
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Difference between "some" and "any" [duplicate]

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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Usage of "any" or "some" in "Would you like ..... wine?" [duplicate]

I have got another test question: Would you like ..... wine? any some This test assumes that the only correct answer is 'some' and some people argue that the use of 'any' in this ...
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"Why didn't you buy some [or any] cheese?"

As I know some is used for positive sentences and any for negative as well as question forms. But what about negative questions? Why didn't you buy any cheese? or Why didn't you buy some ...
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"Some" and "Any"; countables and uncountable

I'm doing my English homework and my book says these sentences are correct: 1) Do you have any wine? 2) Can I have some water, please? My questions are: These sentences are structured differently. ...
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Can 'any' and 'some' express mild asking?

Do you have any money? I hope I've been of some help. Can I have some water? (All are from Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s) ‘Any and ‘some’ are very difficult to grasp what they mean in contexts. ...
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