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some vs any? Grammar question


some vs any? Grammar question

Dear fellow teachers,

I have a grammar question which I �m not sure about in the following context:

Task: Complete the sentences with some, any, no, every.

Sentence: Is there _______ coffee left in the coffee-maker? I�m late for work and I have _______ time to make _______ more.

Key in ws: any, no, some

My question is: Can I also say �...I �m late for work and I have no time to make any more coffee.� ? I think any sounds better than �some�, but would it be correct? If yes, why?

Thanks for your help!

P.S. The task is from a worksheet by mpotb (http://www.eslprintables.com/printable.asp?id=225189#this) which is great! :-) Thanks again for sharing!

25 Jan 2010      


I have no time to make any more coffee.
I don �t like the way "any" sounds in this sentence but I can �t explain why.
I have no time to make some more.- this sounds better to me.
I have no time to make more (coffee).  - this could also be a possibility

25 Jan 2010     


I have no time to make any more coffee.

maybe it sounds better because we have negative meaning ... no time...Ermm  

25 Jan 2010     

United States

We generally use "any" in negative sentences. This was discusses about a week ago.

26 Jan 2010