Using “some” and “any”
A five-star resort hotel is soon going to open on a small Caribbean island. Justine, the manager, is talking to Cynthia, the HR director.
Justine: We’re looking for some 200 people altogether, right? Have you received
any interesting applications?
Cynthia: Yes, plenty. Some of the more interesting applications are from people we know — that’s this pile here.
Justine: Good. We’ll hire any candidate who’s worked for our group before — if they’re suitable, that is.
Cynthia: The second pile — that’s people who have some experience working in the hotel industry. And the third pile — these are all locals. Hardly any have qualifications, apart from running
some stall on the beach or the like. On the plus side, they wouldn’t need any accommodation.
Justine: Exactly. And it’s important that the locals feel they’re getting something out of it, too. Speaking of which: would you like some mauby?
Cynthia: I’d love some, thanks. Mm, this tastes delicious. Could I have some more?