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In a book I am reading I saw this question “Do you have some?” Is this correct? Shouldn’t we use ‘any’ with questions and negatives?
The sentence is correct. Despite what some textbooks will tell you, we can use either some or any with questions and negative or positive sentences. But they have different shades of meaning.
Some is used when we talk about a specific group of things or part of a larger whole.
Any is used to talk about an unspecific group of things or part of a larger whole.
Take a look at the following examples:
“Would you like some coffee?”
“There are some better ways to do it”.
“Can I borrow some money?”
“I don’t want some hasty solutions that are likely to go wrong.
“Please write any comments in the box below.”
“Sorry, I don’t have any on me”
“I could buy any of them”
“Did you give him any?