Some vs. Many
Use some in a positive context when you don’t want to specify the number or quantity. Use many with countable nouns, when you want to refer to a large but indefinite number. For that reason, some and many are not interchangeable, each meaning something different. For example:
- I bought some apples / I bought many apples.
- She made some friends in NY / She made many friends in NY
Examples for some and many
- I’m fortunate enough to have many good friends.
- Patti found some money just lying in the parking lot.
- How many pieces of pie did you eat?
- Sheila bought some books at a garage sale.
- Many types of marine life live in reef environments.
- I’d like to buy some flowers for my mom.
- We have so many cousins!
- This recipe contains some dairy ingredients.
Some / many exercises
Decide whether you have to use some or many:
- The child put _______ sand into the bucket.
- I can lend you _______ money if you need it.
- There aren’t _______ pears left. Only two.
- We had _______ cake with the tea.
- Don’t eat so _______ sweets or you’ll get fat.
- I had _______ beer last night at the bar.
- I don’t have _______ friends.
- He brought _______ food with him.