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What is the difference between Few and Some?

Asked by Jenske , Last updated: Jul 16, 2020

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A. Lucius

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A. Lucius, Senior Content writer, Diploma in Literature, Dover, Delaware

Answered Jun 05, 2020

Apart from the fact that few and some are both quantifiers and determiners, both can be differentiated in a number of ways. Although both are used to quantify an indefinite number of objects, the word few is used to indicate objects that are small in quantity or number. For example, I was expecting a lot of people on my birthday, but very few people showed up. In contrast, the word some are used to quantify or indicate a larger quantity of an unknown number of objects.

In other words, some can be used to indicate a larger part of something that is not specified or known. For example, in the case of a twenty-person party, few might mean from 1 to 5, while some might go up to 10. Also, one needs to be very careful when attaching them to nouns. Mostly, some can be used for both countable and uncountable nouns, whereas few are used mainly for countable nouns and should not be used for uncountable nouns.

 

A. Lucius

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A. Lucius, Senior Content writer, Diploma in Literature, Dover, Delaware

Answered Jun 03, 2020

If someone tells you that they have a few apples, you should probably assume that there are not enough for a pie. Few are a small number of something or hardly any of something. However, if you have some apples, there could be a considerable number of apples, maybe for three or four pies.

When you use the word few it is an adjective that describes an amount which would be a small amount; however, when you use the word some, also an adjective which sets forth an undescribed amount.

 

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