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Some Important Information

Use of Some and Any


'Some' is used with count and noncount nouns in positive


There is some question about profit to be made when choosing adjustable rate preferred stock over fixed rate.

There is some risk with investment in real estate at this time.

There are some reasons to censor the minutes of a meeting.

There are some mistakes in the minutes of a meeting from last Friday.


Use 'any' with both count and noncount nouns in negative


There isn't any time left to stop the check.

There aren't any capital losses in the defense systems industry since the war started.

Use 'any' with both count and noncount nouns in questions.


Is there any doubt about the certified check?

Are there any trucks that permit 3-year depreciation instead of 5-year?

Compound Words with 'Any' and 'Some'

Many compound nouns are constructed with 'any' and 'some'

somebody -- anybody
someone -- anyone
something -- anything
somewhere -- anywhere

Use the same rules as 'any' and 'some' with these compound nouns. Use compound nouns with 'any-' in negative sentences and questions. Use compounds nouns with 'some-' in positive sentences.


The due diligence committee wants to meet somewhere on the third floor.

The bank guarantee is something that needs to be negotiated by Monday.

Jack wants to find the issuing bank somewhere in Kansas.

Anybody can purchase common stock.

NOTE: 'somebody - someone' and 'anybody - anyone' are synonymous and can be used interchangeably.