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    Should you use some, for example, in the following two sentences? if you don't use it, how does the feeling change?

    Would you like some orange juice?
    Would you like orange juice?

    I caught some fish yesterday.
    I caught fish yesterday.

    Thank you very much.

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    Re: some

    Quote Originally Posted by Progress View Post
    Should you use some, for example, in the following two sentences? if you don't use it, how does the feeling change?

    Would you like some orange juice?
    Would you like orange juice?

    I caught some fish yesterday.
    I caught fish yesterday.

    Thank you very much.
    The first is OK with or without "some".
    In the second, it would be unusual without something before "fish".

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    Re: some

    Quote Originally Posted by Progress View Post
    Should you use some, for example, in the following two sentences? if you don't use it, how does the feeling change?

    Would you like some orange juice?
    Would you like orange juice?

    I caught some fish yesterday.
    I caught fish yesterday.

    Thank you very much.
    When you offer smb. smth. to drink you say: Would you like something to drink?. If you want him to drink orange juice your sentence is correct: Would you like some oramge juice? In the second sentence you can say "I caught some fish" if you mean some kind of fish. It's better to say :I caught little fish yesterday.


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    Re: some

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    No, Harry, you can't say little fish unless you're talking of what's on your plate. You must be calquing Russian (or Armenian).

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    Re: some

    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    Hi,
    No, Harry, you can't say little fish unless you're talking of what's on your plate. You must be calquing Russian (or Armenian).
    Any ideas then? How much fish did you catch? Not much.


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    Re: some

    Thank you very much, MikeNewYork, Harry Smith and Humble.

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    Re: some

    Quote Originally Posted by Progress View Post
    Thank you very much, MikeNewYork, Harry Smith and Humble.
    You are welcome, Progress!


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    Re: some

    Some is used to show quantity.

    So, when you say "I caught some fish yesterday", it means you caught a particular quantity of fish. But, when you say " I caught fish yesterday", it doesn;t imply quantity, but only the action of catching fish.

    BY the way, "little fish" means "No fish". it is a negative expression. to say that there is only a negligible amount of something, you have to use "a little".


    "There is little water in the bottle" means there is no water in the botle.
    "There is a little water in the bottle" means there is some watre, but not a large quantity.

    Hope this helps


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    Re: some

    I see, sandhya sya. Thank you very much.

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    Re: some

    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    Hi,
    No, Harry, you can't say little fish unless you're talking of what's on your plate. You must be calquing Russian (or Armenian).
    If the fish are small, they are little fish.
    If there aren't many, there are few fish.

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