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some vs. any #1 (permalink) Tue May 17, 2011 11:46 am   some vs. any
 

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #229 "Adverbs of Quantity (2)", question 10

"......... of you will graduate in June, but others will not. This is a competitive course, so good luck," the engineering professor said.

(a) Much
(b) Every
(c) Some
(d) Any

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #229 "Adverbs of Quantity (2)", answer 10

"Some of you will graduate in June, but others will not. This is a competitive course, so good luck," the engineering professor said.

Correct answer: (c) Some
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some vs. any #2 (permalink) Tue May 17, 2011 13:52 pm   some vs. any
 

Hi Saneta,

'Any' in this sentence would not specify who the students are. 'Some' is needed here to balance with 'others'. In other words - a certain number of you will graduate but there are a certain number of you who will not.

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