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    Question Difference Between Some & Little

    There is only _____ water left in the jug.

    Will the answer be some or little? I know that the determiner little is used for uncountable nouns & some is used for both countable & uncountable nouns. So which is the correct answer - some or little? Please let me know the reason.

    My brother got the following question in his English exam where in the words of a sentence are scrambled & a proper sentence has to be framed using those words:

    success/depends/a man's/chiefly/on himself

    The options given were

    1. A man's success chiefly depends on himself.
    2. A man's success depends chiefly on himself.

    Which is the correct answer & why? I find both of them technically correct.

    Thanks,

    Ron

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    Default Re: Difference Between Some & Little

    "There is little water left in the jug." or
    "There is only a little water left in the jug."

    1 and 2 are interchangeable. 2 sounds more natural but I suspect that grammar experts would object to the fact that the verb "to depend on" is split by the word "chiefly".

    My own preference would be for: "A man's success depends, chiefly, on himself."

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    Default Re: Difference Between Some & Little

    I prefer 'A man's success depends chiefly on himself'.

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    Default Re: Difference Between Some & Little

    Quote Originally Posted by Koronas View Post
    "There is little water left in the jug." or
    "There is only a little water left in the jug."
    But what is wrong with

    There is some water left in the jug.

    Since some can be used for both countable & uncountable nouns, how does one understand where to use some & where to use little? Because we say

    Give me some water.

    We don't say

    Give me little water.

    So what's the difference between the determiners some & little?

    Thanks,

    Ron

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    Default Re: Difference Between Some & Little

    Quote Originally Posted by rn5a View Post
    But what is wrong with
    There is some water left in the jug.
    There is nothing wrong with it but the original sentence contained "only". You can't say "there is only some water" because "some" is non-specific.

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