Some vs Any

Some vs Any

There are a few simple rules to follow to use some vs any correctly in English. Study these 4 simple rules and download the practice worksheet (at the bottom) so that you can understand how to use some vs any.

How to use Some vs Any

Any’ = negative sentences (‘not’), questions
Ex 1: I don’t want any beer. (= negative sentence)
Ex 2: Are there any tomatoes? (= question)

Some’ = positive sentences (+), questions asking for or offering
Ex 3: She has some friends. (= positive sentence)
Ex 4: Could I borrow some money please? (= question asking for)
Ex 5: Would you like some fruit? (= question offering)

This is an image of two tomatoes on a vine.

Plural Count and All Noncount

Count Plural Count Singular Noncount
some tomatoes tomato bread
any apples apple rice

Some‘ means ‘at least more than one’, so we can only use it for plural count nouns and all noncount nouns. But we can’t use ‘some’ for singular count nouns.

Ex. some apples, some milk, some apple

Any‘ means ‘at least one or more’, so we also use it for plural count nouns and all noncount nouns. We also can’t use ‘any’ for singular count nouns.

Ex. any tomatoes , any water, any tomato

 Download the Some vs Any Worksheet