Date: Wed, 31 Jan 1996 10:15:48 +0000
From: "E. W. Gilman" egilman[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]M-W.COM
Subject: any longer & I hope there's any left
The reason "any" in positive statements seems odd to most of us is
that "any" is what Quirk et al 1985 call nonassertive--that is, it
occurs generally in questions and in negative statements:
Have you any wool?
No, I haven't any wool.
But not *Yes, I have any wool. "Some" is the usual replacement for
"any" in assertive contexts:
Yes, I have some wool.
There's a lot more of this fascinating stuff in Quirk if anyone (note
"any" in a conditional too) cares to plow through it.