According to this statement, 'Felix and Adam did not get much sleep.'
Could this be an appropriate question and answer, 'Did they get a little sleep? Yes, they did.'
Thanks in advance.
Last edited by learning54; 01-May-2012 at 12:11.
Thank you for your reply.
I know about the two possibilities for using 'some':
a) Sometimes we use 'some' in a question, when we expect a positive YESanswer.
b) We use 'some' in questions whenoffering or requesting something that is there.
May I know what the reason is for yours?
[AmE - not a teacher]
I'm not speaking for Bhai, but I see replacing "a little" with "some" as a way of making the question more ambiguous. It's the same as saying "any".
Did you get any sleep?
Did you get some sleep?
These do not mean exactly the same.
Any is unlimited. The speaker is asking if sleep happened.
Some limited. The speaker is asking if a limited (but not necessarily limited to 'a little') amount of sleep happened.
In speech, of course, stress and intonation can change the message.