There's no way I'm going to lend you any money vs. ... some money

Hi all,

There’s no way I’m going to lend you any money.

I wonder, is it correct to say “There’s no way I’m going to lend you some money.” as well?

Thanks in advance.

***** NOT A TEACHER *****

Hello, Francis:

I believe that the answer is YES if you add some words.

Here is a bad dialogue to show what I am trying to say:

James: You are my best friend in the whole world.

Mona: Thank you.

James: I need a favor.

Mona: Anything for you. What do you want?

James: Could you lend me $500? It’s an emergency.

Mona: Of course. Let me get my checkbook. By the way, what is the emergency?

James: My boss has just given me the week off, so I want to go to Las Vegas. I just know that I can turn $500 into $5,000.

Mona: Are you crazy? I am not going to lend you some money just so that you can lose it in Vegas!

In my OPINION, “some” works here because Mona had a specific amount of money in mind before she uttered those words.


Hi Francis,

With this sentence you are following the pattern of ‘any’ used in the negative in line with ‘no way’ -


But in this sentence -


the emphasis changes to the noun ‘money’ and refers to a positive amount.


Thank you all for your attention. :slight_smile:

[color=blue]I can only repeat that in my opinion “some” is a completely useless word in that sentence.
But in contrast, in the following sentence the choices are all meaningful.
‘There’s no way I’m going to lend you (that much money)(20,000 liras)(half of my paycheck).’