Quantifiers Vol 3 – Use of Some, Any, and Enough

In the previous lesson of quantifiers, you got to learn about quantifiers ‘A Little, A Few, and A Bit’. Moving forward, today you are going to learn the usage of ‘Some, Any and Enough’.

So, let’s have a look at these quantifiers and understand what scenarios are these used in a sentence:

1. Use of Some

‘Some’ is used with a noun when the amount is not clear. For instance, when you have to say that you have got something with you but don’t want to be precise with the number, you use the quantifier ‘some’ to define the noun.

Example Sentence

a) I have got some

b) I need some tissue papers.

c) You need some good advice on this.

Some can be used with both countable and uncountable nouns as is clear with the examples aforementioned.

Some is used in three manners:

  • With positive sentences
  • Sentences that show a request or offer being made
  • Sentences that ask questions wherein the possible answer is ‘Yes’

Example sentences showing each usage

a) I have kept some juice for you.

b) Would you like to have some cake?

c) Did you make some friends in class?

2. Use of Any

Like ‘Some’, ‘any’ is also used with nouns, both countable and uncountable. And as is the case with the former, any is also used in the cases where the amount is not mentioned.

Example sentences

a) You can have any dress you like.

b) We don’t have any fruit.

Quantifier any is used in three ways:

  • With negative sentences
  • Question sentences
  • Sentences starting with ‘if’

Example sentences to show each usage

a) I don’t have any

b) Is there any oil in the can?

c) If you need any help, you can always ask.

3. Use of Enough

The quantifier ‘Enough’ generally comes before the nouns in a sentence to show the quantity as needed or necessary. It can even be used with adjectives and adverbs in which case ‘enough’ often comes after both the adjective as well as the adverb.

Example sentence with noun

a) I have enough time to spend with you.

b) They have enough money to help the poor.

Example sentences with adjective

a) I’m afraid she isn’t strong enough to bear this huge loss.

b) Your work is not good enough to get you a raise.

Example sentences with adverbs

a) You couldn’t write quickly enough, that’s why you lost.

b) She doesn’t practice her dance often enough to master it.

Depending on the sentence type, you can any of these quantifiers when there is a need to define a quantity; whether countable or uncountable.

Now that you have understood all about the different quantifiers, their purpose in a sentence, and the rules of using them; keep up with the practice while we bring to you a new grammar topic to learn and explore.

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