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Question 1
I have .....(a)   apples but I don't have .....(b) bananas
A
a) any b) any
Hint:
a) is affirmative ...... so any is not possible
B
a) some b) any
Hint:
Correct b) "don't have" is a negative verb form so we use "any"
C
a) some b) some
Hint:
b) haven't is a negative verb form so we have to use "any"
D
a) any b) some
Hint:
any is used with negative verb forms
Question 2
Mary doesn't have ...(a)...... apple
A
a) any
Hint:
the verb is negative but the object "apple" is singular
B
a) some
Hint:
"apple" is singular and the verb is negative .... so "some" isn't possible
C
a) an
Hint:
correct: "apple" is singular so it needs the indefinite article "an" because the first letter is a vowel sound
D
a) a
Hint:
quite good, "apple" is singular but it starts with a vowel sound
Question 2 Explanation: 
Remember that SOME and ANY can only be used if the object is plural (apples) or uncountable (water)
Question 3
When we visited Barcelona, we saw ..(a)... interesting buildings
A
a) some
Hint:
correct: the sentence is affirmative
B
a) an
Hint:
the word "buildings" is plural
C
a) a
Hint:
the word "buildings" is plural
D
a) any
Hint:
the sentence is affirmative
Question 4
Don't buy ..(a)... pasta, we have got ..(b).. in the cupboard
A
a) any b) any
B
a) some b) some
C
a) some b) any
D
a) any b) some
Question 4 Explanation: 
"pasta" is uncountable. The first phrase has a negative verb and the second an affirmative
Question 5
Do you speak ...(a).... other languages?
A
any
Hint:
correct - it means at least one more language
B
someone
C
anyone
Hint:
"anyone" means another person. Here it is not possible because we have "other languages"
D
some
Hint:
some is not possible in this type of question. It can be used for offers .....
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