Some vs Any - English Grammar - Teaching Tips

 

Some and Any are two words that often cause confusion, which is why we have decided to take a closer look at the difference of the two words in this video. Firsly, some is a determiner used for positive statements while any is a determiner used in questions and negative statements. Consider the following situation: I asked the teacher if he could give me some paper. I said ‘Excuse me, have you got any paper?’ Unfortunately, he didn’t have any. The first statement is positive and therefore requires us to use some. The second sentence is a question and therefore, we need to use any. The third and final sentence is a negative statement which also requries us to use any. It's worth noting that we do sometimes use some in questions and we also use any in positive statements. For example, we use some in questions when making an offer or request Would you like some tea?. Alternatively, we use any in positive statements when it follows a word with a negative or limiting meaning We rarely have any problems with it. The best way to get comfortable with the usage is to listen to native speakers or read a lot of English text.


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I have learnt to differentiate from the present perfect to the present continuous as I didn't understand this beforehand. Also understanding the various different ways of asking a simple question. Its been interesting learning activities that test the students on these present tenses.This unit is the hardest one so far because it is all new to me. However it is useful to learn about phonology, and how an understanding of it will help learners better able to grasp the subtle differences in meaning when different intonation and stress are used in the same sentences.AFTER WATCHING THE TWO VIDEOS I CAN SAY THAT THE FIRST LESSON IS BORING BECAUSE THE STUDENTS ARE CONFUSED AND INTIMIDATED AND THE TEACHERS SEEMS NOT TO BE SURE OF WHAT SHE IS TEACHING BUT THE SECOND LESSON WAS REALLY GOOD AND THE STUDENTS PARTICIPATION IN THE LESSON WAS GREAT AS WELL.


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