English words 'some' and 'any' P-ii (KG-05)




How to use:

There is,

There are, 

Some & Any(Part - ii)

The dialog between

Anne & Peter :

Meanings of main words:



1. of a number not known:

    Some of the plants died.

2. certain or particular,

    but not known of name:

        Some man called and wanted 

      to speak to you.


1.  about

     We counted some ten dead bodies.

      at the scene of the accident 

(adv)  somewhat,


(pron) someone




1. one out of two or more:

    You can select any toy.

2. some:

        Is there any water

        in the refrigerator?

3. every:

         Any child can do this work.


1. at all:

          After the treatment,

          the patient did not feel

          any better. 


1. anything or anybody:

       "Did you see wild animals"

        " No, I did not see any"

 Let's read this dialog first:

Between Peter & Anne:

A. There's a staff kitchen on the other

     side of this building.

     We can have some coffee there.

P. Good idea!

At the kitchen:

A. Do you want milk with your coffee?

    There is a bottle of milk in the back

     of the fridge...

P. I prefer it without milk,

    but with some sugar.

A. Oh, I'm afraid there isn't any sugar.

P. Do you have any of those

    great cookies?

A. Oh, yes, there are some cookies

    over there.

P. These cookies are fantastic.

    Are there any more?

A. There is some in the box.

P. Thank you! Bye Anne,

     It's time for music.

 A.  Hey,

      take your dirty napkin away from

      my kitchen!! 

      It's nice to have you 

      as my new office neighbor!

             (Anne's a bit difficult, isn't she?)

Now this is a lesson about

'some' and 'any'

Remember: Peter said:

Can I have some coffee and

some biscuits?

Well, I want to talk to you

about that right now.

Now in order to understand

'some' and 'any'

We have to understand the

difference between

countable objects and

uncountable objects.

So, let's take some ingredients

to make a

wonderful English Lemon cake.

(Now you can imagine

that you are in the kitchen

and the following ingredients

are on your kitchen table.

Can't you?)

Let's divide them into countable

objects and uncountable objects.

Let's start with these...

Now, these are lemons.

Countable means you can count them.

uncountable means

you can't count them.

So, can you count these lemons?

Yeah! One, Two, Three etcetera...

so these are countable.

So 'there are some lemons.'

Now, what about these nuts,

nuts can be counted.

So, there're also countable.

So we say 'there are some nuts.'

Now, what about this?

This is marmalade...

Now can you count marmalade?

Well, you can count the container,

but not the marmalade inside,

so this is uncountable and we say 

in English:

There is some, there is some marmalade.


(mahr- muh- leyd')( mahr-muh- leyd')

  (a jelly-like preserve in which

    small pieces

    of fruit and fruit rind,

    as of oranges or

     lemons, are suspended.)}

It's a singular verb,

and it's uncountable.

Now let's take salt...

Now is this countable or

uncountable for you?

Well, it is very difficult to count,

all the little bits of salt.

So that is uncountable.

They're some salt in the bottle.

This here is spices,

Spices, now you can count,

so we say there are some spices. 

Now next thing, two eggs,

countable? or uncountable?

One, two... countable,

'there are some eggs.'

What about this? Milk.

You can count the bottles,

but can you count the liquid?

No, so all liquids are uncountable

and we say 'there is some milk.'

So singular,

Singular verbs put that there.

(We use the word 'some' to show

the meaning of more than one unit

if there is only one unit we can

use an article 'an', 'a' or 'the' Okey!)

(Please be careful your pronunciation

of the articles in front of the words with

vowel sounds and keeps your mind well.)

Now let's take another one,


Butter, can we count that?

Well, we can count the packet.

Yes, but the butter inside!

Exactly, no we can't count butter.

So 'there is some butter inside.'

Sugar, we can't count

the same as butter.

We can say a packet of sugar or

some sugar on the table. 

Now, what else have we got?

Flour, you know flour!

The flour we use to make pizza,

to make cakes is that countable?

Exactly, it's not countable.

It's like salt, like sugar.

And the last thing, what's this?

Water, is water countable?

No, it's not, so water goes with

the uncountable 'there is some water.'

Now, you can count,

ingredients on your cooking desk.

Can't you?

(Give your attention to tag questions ok.)

I suppose it's quite difficult. 

Now, let's prepare a general summary

as your homework.

The kind advice: You can use dictionaries

for searching difficult words! Can't you?

Continuing next part - iii >>> Okey!


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