Pronouns some, any, no, every

The following pronouns are often used in English: some, any, no, every.  Therefore, it is important to know the rules of their use and how they can change.For this, let’s consider the table.

Indefinite pronounsTheir derivativesAdverbs
Nonothingnobodyno onenowhere


Some is used in affirmative sentences:

  • with plural countable nouns
    • There are some letters for you, Mr. Smith
  • with singular countable nouns
    • I am looking for some gala dress
  • with uncountable nouns
    • Give me some juice, please

Some is used in special questions, as well as in questions that express a request or offer

  • Would you like some coffee?


Any is used in affirmative sentences

  • You can take any book you like

In negative and interrogative sentences:

  • Are there any apples in the fridge?

In conditional subjunctive sentences:

  • If you have any time, let me know

The pronouns some and any are often not translated when used with plural and uncountable nouns.


In negative sentences:

  • I have no idea what you are talking about

In English, let’s assume only one negation in a sentence:

  • I have nо debt of any kind


Every is used in the sense  “Every one of”:

  • Every one of you must be ready for tomorrow

Used to indicate time:

  • I go to school every day

Derivatives “every” are used in all types of sentences. The rules described above are applicable to all derivatives of some, any, evety, no.

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