Quantifiers Some Any Enough
What are quantifiers? What is the difference between some and any?
Quantifiers – some – any – enough
1) Quantifiers are adjectives and adjectival phrases that give approximate or specific answers to the questions ‘How much?’ and ‘How many?’.
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2) To answer the questions ‘How much?’ and ‘How many?’ certain quantifiers can be used with countable nouns (chairs, apples), while others can be used with uncountable nouns (tea, money). We use much with uncountable nouns and many with countable nouns.
Note that much and many are mainly used in interrogative and negative sentences.
How many cousins do you have? (countable)
How much money did you spend? (uncountable)
We use some, any when we are talking about limited but rather indefinite number or quantities. In general, we use some for affirmative sentences, and any for negatives and questions. Both can be used with countable and uncountable nouns.
Jane bought some flowers.
Did Jane buy any flowers? – No, she didn’t buy any.
Some can be used for questions, typically offers and requests, if we think the answer will be positive.
Would you like some tea?
Any can be used in the meaning ‘it doesn’t matter which’.
You can take any bus. They all go to the centre. (=it doesn’t matter which bus you take)
We use enough to indicate sufficiency, while in negative sentences it means less than sufficient or less than necessary.
I’ll take your t-shirt. It’s big enough to fit me.
Sorry, but I can’t go with you. I don’t have enough money for that.
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