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Some and Any

I know the basic difference between " Some " and " Any ", but.. Are there any exceptions? For example: is correct to say:

" Is there some milk on the table? "

or

" Is there any milk on the table? "

The first sounds better to me but i'm not sure that it's correct, can you give me any advices and examples? Thanks a lot.

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https://www.duolingo.com/dhunteroz
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Actually the second one sounds better. But the first one is not necessarily wrong. You could also say "Is there milk on the table?". I'll give you some examples:

Here's some milk. (Here's = Here is)

Can I have some milk?

Is there any milk?

I bought some milk.

I'd like some milk. (I'd = I would)

You can't have any milk!

I'm putting some milk on my cereal.

There won't be any milk left!

I think where you said "basilar", you mean "basic".

In general in this context "any" is a quantity greater than nothing, . Whereas "some" is a small quantity. Another sense of the word "any" [qualsiasi] is to convey choice, "You can pick any candy to eat." (You can eat a candy of your choice), or "Any road will take you north." (in the most southern place). In the examples I give, if you exchange an existing "some" for "any" you will get this second meaning of "any". If you swap an "any" for "some" then we are talking specifically about a small quantity rather than an indeterminate amount.

In the sentence " Is there any milk on the table?", "any" holds both it's meanings of an indeterminate amount greater than nothing and [qualsiasi].

Se questo è difficile da capire allora posso scrivere in italiano.

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Rispondi12 anni fa

https://www.duolingo.com/Nicholas3489

Thanks, i was just a little confused

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https://www.duolingo.com/Eunjuina
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any seems more negative then some

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https://www.duolingo.com/AlainaFulkerson

The second one would be more correct, "Is there any milk on the table," but sometimes you can use some. For example: "Do you want some cookies?"

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https://www.duolingo.com/cavana

Alle osservazioni qui riportate (tutte esatte), se mi permettete aggiungo una "nota" di chiarimento. FRASE (a) " Is there some milk on the table? " - FRASE (b) " Is there any milk on the table? " Queste frasi sono entrambe valide. La differenza sta nel contesto. La frase (a) è esatta se CHI fa la domanda o CHIEDE qualcosa [è il caso della frase in esame], si ASPETTA una RISPOSTA POSITIVA. Riporto questo esempio: Would you like SOME coffee? → Gradiresti DEL caffè? // Scontata la risposta affermativa: Yes, I'd like SOME. → Sì, ne gradirei UN PO'

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https://www.duolingo.com/cavana

There are some lingots for everyone? Yes, there are some!!!

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https://www.duolingo.com/gaspa2003

some si usa con le frasi affermative , mentre any con le frasi negative e interrogative

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https://www.duolingo.com/Chiara4Tor

yes i don't understand....

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