Some – Any – A – An

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A - An - Some - Any

We use A and An with singular countable nouns, whereas we use Some and Any with plural countable and uncountable nouns.

An can only be used with a noun that starts with a vowel sound. Be careful here, notice how I have said a vowelsound, therefore we don’t use An with any noun that begins with a vowel. This means that An can be used with nouns that start with H such as hour, honour for example. It also means that not all nouns that begin with a vowel require An, they may actually require A such as the noun utopia or university.

Here are a list of nouns used with A:

  • a table
  • a pillow
  • a university
  • a cake
  • a bed
  • a utopia

Here are a list of nouns used with An:

  • an oven
  • an orange
  • an honour
  • an invention
  • an hour
  • an evening

Here are examples of how we use A and An in a sentence:

  • There is a university close to here.
  • The movie starts in an hour.
  • There is an octopus in the water.
  • The new house doesn’t have an oven but it has a washing machine.
  • I need an umbrella, it’s raining outside.

Some is used with plural countable and uncountable nouns and usually in positive sentences, whereas Any is used mostly in negative sentences with a plural countable or uncountable noun. I have given you a list of examples below to understand more clearly.

Here are sentences using Some:

  • There are some chocolates in the fridge.
  • I have some homework to do.
  • There are some toys for the kids in the playroom.
  • Do you have some money?
  • They have some very good books in the library.

Here are sentences using Any:

  • I don’t have any pictures in my new house.
  • They don’t have any friends in the new city.
  • Do you have any presents for your parents?
  • There isn’t any ice cream in the freezer.
  • He doesn’t have any grey hair yet.

 

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