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    #1

    some / a little

    Can you put a little milk on my coffee?
    Can you put some milk on my coffee?


    Which one's correct?

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    #2

    Re: some / a little

    Quote Originally Posted by blouen View Post
    Can you put a little milk on my coffee?
    Can you put some milk on my coffee?


    Which one's correct?
    Both.

    The first means '[There is no milk in my coffee.] Can you add some [but not much - only a little]?'

    The second means '[There is no milk in my coffee.] Can you put some in [using your own judgement to decide on "a normal amount"']

    If there's already milk in your coffee, it would be either 'Can you add some more?' or 'Can you add a little more?', with no big difference between the two. I think, if I were saying it, the difference would be this:

    Scenario 1: the person pouring has already added what they consider is an unusually large amount: Me: 'Can you add some more?' [meaning 'Go on, I want it really weak.']

    Scenario 2: I've been handed coffee with milk in it [that is, the 'pourer' has finished.] It's not quite enough: 'Can you add a little more? [but not too much.]'

    But this difference - if I'm not dreaming it - is very slight. Others may disagree, and for many people the two versions may be interchangeable.

    b

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    #3

    Re: some / a little

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Both.

    The first means '[There is no milk in my coffee.] Can you add some [but not much - only a little]?'

    The second means '[There is no milk in my coffee.] Can you put some in [using your own judgement to decide on "a normal amount"']

    If there's already milk in your coffee, it would be either 'Can you add some more?' or 'Can you add a little more?', with no big difference between the two. I think, if I were saying it, the difference would be this:

    Scenario 1: the person pouring has already added what they consider is an unusually large amount: Me: 'Can you add some more?' [meaning 'Go on, I want it really weak.']

    Scenario 2: I've been handed coffee with milk in it [that is, the 'pourer' has finished.] It's not quite enough: 'Can you add a little more? [but not too much.]'

    But this difference - if I'm not dreaming it - is very slight. Others may disagree, and for many people the two versions may be interchangeable.

    b
    Very nice explanation B. Thank you very much!

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