What is the Difference Between "Any" and "Some"?

Both any and some are determiners suggesting an indefinite, but not large, amount or number. The main difference? Any is used in negative (non-affirmative) clauses while some is used in affirmative clauses.

  • I have never taken any exercise except sleeping and resting.
  • My favorite things in life don't cost any money.
  • I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member.
  • Some songs are like tattoos for your brain - you hear them and they're affixed to you.
  • Some books leave us free and some books make us free.
  • I would love some pastured raised pork pepperoni.

Some can be used in questions where speakers/writers expect or encourage "yes" as an answer (ie. offers or requests); however, any is used in all other types of questions.

  • Do you have any hobbies that may interfere with the job? 
  • Have you got any news of the iceberg?
  • I forgot my wallet. Have you got any money?
  • Do you want some ice cream for dessert?
  • Do you mind if I put some music on?
  • Would you like some fries with that shake?

 

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