Grammar Exercise: Some, Any, No, A
Do you know the rules for using some, any, no or a? Check out our grammar page on some and any, and then try the exercise below.
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Level: Elementary and above
- When we ask questions, we usually use 'any' before the noun.
- In negative sentences, we usually use 'any' before the noun.
- In positive (affirmative) sentences, we often use 'some' before plural or uncountable nouns.
- In positive (affirmative) sentences with a negative meaning, use 'no' before a plural or uncountable noun.
- Use a / an before a singular, countable noun. (Not 'some', which is used for plural or uncountable nouns.)
- When we make offers, we can use 'some' or 'any' before the noun.
- We can use 'any' in positive sentences after 'hardly' (to mean 'almost nothing').
- We also use 'any' in positive sentences after 'never'.
- Use 'some' as a pronoun at the end of a sentence (for example, in answer to the question ''Have you got any...?'') In this example, 'some' = 'some money'.
- Use 'any' at the end of a question as a pronoun. For example, here 'any' = 'any water'.
- We can use 'some' and 'any' in compound words. The difference between 'someone' and 'anyone' is that 'someone' is more restricted. I want someone to love (= one person), not 'anyone' (any person at all).
- We generally use 'some' as part of a compound word in positive sentences.
- We can also use 'some' and 'any' as a compound word with 'where'. As in the previous example, 'somewhere' is more restricted in meaning than 'anywhere'. In this example, I don't care where exactly in London I live - any place is fine for me.
- We can also use 'no' as a compound word. In this example, the sentence is positive (affirmative) so we need 'no' and not 'any'.
- Here, 'anything' is unrestricted. Shop assistants often ask this question (or ''Are you looking for something in particular?'') when they see a customer looking around. The difference is that 'something' is more restricted than 'anything', but both questions are fine.
- Use 'anything' in a negative sentence.
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