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    quantity negation

    Are the underlined sentences in bold-face correct in the given contexts:

    Did you eat all of the apples in that basket?
    1-No. I didn't eat three. Someone else must have eaten those three.


    Did you eat all of the apples in that basket?
    2-No. I didn't eat some of them. Someone else must have eaten the ones I didn't eat. (There were some I didn't eat and some I ate.)


    Did you eat all of the apples in that basket?
    3-No. I didn't eat some. Someone else must have eaten the ones I didn't eat. (There were some I didn't eat and some I ate.)



    Did you eat all of the fruits in that basket?
    4-No. I didn't eat three apples. Someone else must have eaten those three apples. (I ate all the fruits except for three apples)


    Did you eat all of the fruits in that basket?
    5-No. I didn't eat some apples. Someone else must have eaten them. 5 I ate all the fruits except for some apples).


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    Re: quantity negation

    Did you eat all of the apples in that basket?
    1-No. I didn't eat three. Someone else must have eaten those three

    It doesn't sound right,
    and the same applies to "I didn't eat three of them". It sounds better to me,

    a) "No, I ate all but three (of them)", or
    b) "No, I ate some of them but I left three (of them)", or
    c) "No, I ate some of them but there were three (of them) remaining", or even
    d) "No, I didn't finished them because I left three of them"

    If you say "I didn't eat three (of them)", you are saying that "the amount of apples I ate is not three".
    If you say "I didn't eat some", you mean [something uncountable].
    If you say "I didn't eat some of them" or "
    I didn't eat some apples", you are lying, cause you did eat some of them, only not all of them. Well, you're only half-lying if you ate just one, but then the sentence would be much simplier

    By the way, I'm not a teacher.


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