|1. When we use uncountable and plural nouns we often use either with some/any or without article.|
I don't need (some) advices.
They thought it was a good idea to have (some) ghost stories.
She doesn't have (any) money.
They don't have (any) paper works to do.
|2. When we think about limited numbers or indefinite numbers and we don't know exactly how much we mean we may prefer to use some/any but if we think about unlimited numbers or large quantities then we may not use any article.|
There are some piles of paper on the floor.(Limited numbers)
Those group of girls in front are talkative.
I love butterflies.(The speaker didn't state how many)
Do you want to have some spices? (Just as much what the speaker wants.)
I need to buy apples, oranges, bread, sugar and decorative materials.(The speaker only states the things that he/she may need to buy but not the quantities or the amounts.
|!!If we state something clear like how much or how many what we mean then we may not use some/any.|
Can I borrow some pencil?
You have tender hands. (We can already determine how many the speaker mean - two hands, although the speaker is not also clear in how many hands)
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