Some & Any

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Some & Any

Chinatown, San Francisco

Imagen: The Gateway Arch (Dragon Gate). Creative Commons.

Instructions: Read the text. Look at the underlined words.

Are there any interesting places in San Francisco?

Yes, Chinatown. It is centered on Grant Avenue and Stockton Street. It is the oldest Chinatown in North America and the largest Chinese community outside Asia. It is the oldest of the four notable Chinatowns in the country. Since its establishment in 1848, it has been highly important and influential in the history and culture of ethnic Chinese immigrants in North America. Chinatown is a territory that continues to retain its own customs, languages, places of worship, social clubs, and identity. There are two hospitals, numerous parks and squares, a post office, and some other infrastructure.

Chinatown, San Francisco. Retrieved and adapted October, 2016 from:

Getting started: Geography and location

Instructions: Read the text. Then match the questions to the answers.

Chinatown is located in downtown San Francisco. It covers 24 square blocks. It is within an area of roughly a half mile long by a quarter mile wide.

Within Chinatown there are two major highways. One is Grant Avenue with the Dragon Gate at the intersection of Bush Street and Grant Avenue; St. Mary’s Square with a statue of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen by Benjamin Bufano, a war memorial to Chinese war veterans and stores, restaurants, and mini-malls that cater mainly to tourists. The other, Stockton Street, is frequented less often by tourists, and it presents an authentic Chinese look and feel reminiscent of Hong Kong, with its produce and fish markets, stores, and restaurants. It is dominated by mixed-use buildings, with shops on the ground floor and residential apartments upstairs.

Chinatown, San Francisco. Retrieved and adapted October, 2016 from:


Instructions: Answer the questions according to the text.

Yes, there are some.
Yes, there are some residential flats.
No, there aren’t any.
Yes, there are. Grant Avenue and Stockton Street.

1. Are there any highways in Chinatown?

2. Are there any restaurants there?

3. Are there any residential flats?

4. Are there any airports there?

Let’s find out about Some and Any.

Instructions: Look at the following information about Some and Any:

Some and Any are quantifiers.

A quantifier is a word or phrase which is used before a noun to express the amount of quantity.

Some and Any are used for countable and uncountable nouns. Some means a few / a little and is used in positive statements.

Any is used in negative and interrogative statements. It means none in negative statements. It means a few / a little in interrogative clauses.

Look at the following examples:

Some (Positive statements)

There are some old buildings in Chinatown.

There are some stores and restaurants.

There are some residential buildings there.

Any (Negative statements)

Are there any old buildings in Chinatown?

Are there any stores and restaurants?

Are there any residential buildings there?

Any (Interrogative statements)

There aren’t any old buildings in Chinatown.

There aren’t any stores or restaurants.

There aren’t any residential buildings there.


Some or Any?

Instructions: Make sentences with the following prompts and Some or Any.

any movie theaters in Chinatown Are there
some Yes, there are movie theaters there
any big malls around Are there
any around there No, there isn’t
some But there are interesting China stores

Are there?

Instructions: Fill in the gaps with some or any.

Is there other interesting place to go in Chinatown?

Yes, among open spaces in Chinatown, a major focal point is Portsmouth Square. Since it sits above a large underground parking lot, Portsmouth Square bustles with activities such as T'ai Chi and old men playing Chinese chess. A replica of the Goddess of Democracy used in the Tiananmen Square protest was built in 1999 by Thomas Marsh and stands in the square. It is made of bronze and weighs approximately 600 lb (270 kg).



Instructions: Choose the right options in the following sentences.

1. Are there some/any Cantonese speaking immigrants?

Yes, there is an increase in Cantonese-speaking immigrants from Hong-Kong.

2. There are some/any other Chinese areas in the city of San Francisco.

3. There are some/any outer neighborhoods settled from Southeast Asia.

4. Some/Any of them are in Silicon Valley.

5. Are theresome/any problems with these?

Yes, they cause delays in public transit, especially on weekends. But there aren’t some/any other problems.