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    Could it be an appropriate question and answer for 'They didn't get much sleep.'

    Hi teachers,
    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.

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    Re: Could it be an appropriate question and answer for 'They didn't get much sleep.'

    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
    Hi teachers,
    According to this statement, 'Felix and Adam did not get much sleep.'
    Could this be an appropriate question and answer, 'Did they get
    some sleep? Yes, they did.'

    Thanks in advance.
    Bhai.

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    Re: Could it be an appropriate question and answer for 'They didn't get much sleep.'

    Hi Bhai,
    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?

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    Re: Could it be an appropriate question and answer for 'They didn't get much sleep.'

    [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".

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    Re: Could it be an appropriate question and answer for 'They didn't get much sleep.'

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    [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".
    Hi Bob,
    That's an interesting way of looking at it.

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    Re: Could it be an appropriate question and answer for 'They didn't get much sleep.'

    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.

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    Re: Could it be an appropriate question and answer for 'They didn't get much sleep.'

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    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. Wow!! It is really an excellent explanation. No further question at this point about this one.

    In speech, of course, stress and intonation can change the message.
    Thank YOU.

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