Some, any, a little, a few are used to express quantity, to say or ask if you have
a quantity of something or not.
- Some is used in affirmative sentences, and also when asking for or offering something.
- Any is used in negative and interrogative sentences.
- A few is used with countable nouns : a few apples.
- A little is used with uncountable nouns : a little cheese.
Here are some examples :
|There are some apples in the bowl.||There aren't any apples.||Are there any apples?|
|(We don't know how many,|
but the bowl is not empty.)
|(The bowl is empty.)||(We want to know if the bowl contains apples.)|
|There are a few apples,|
not many, a small number.
|There aren't many apples.||Are there many apples?|
|There is a little cheese.||There isn't much cheese.||Is there much cheese?|
N.B.: Asking and offering : Can I have / would you like coffee?