Laura 真理子 (iloveyouohno) wrote in linguaphiles,
Laura 真理子

Somewhere vs. anywhere!

I've already done a search for the answer but can't find it. I'm a native speaker of American English and an English-learning friend has asked me about the difference between "any" and "some." I thought it'd be easy at first -- "some" for positive statements and questions when I'm expecting a positive answer, "any" for negative statements and other questions. But, my fellow LJers, beware! It is not that simple.

We got to the sentence "The book must be somewhere over there." *"The book must be anywhere over there" definitely doesn't work in my variety of English unless you change "must" to "could" ("The book could be anywhere over there"). Her idea was that "somewhere" must mean I'm thinking of a particular spot in the "over there"-area, but that can't be because the "must" in the sentence implies that "over there" was either a guess or a logical deduction.

I'm at a loss for answers. Can anyone help? Thanks in advance!

EDIT: Boldface text added later because my linguocentrism got pwned in a comment.

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