# Thread: some / a little

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?

2. ## Re: some / a little

Originally Posted by blouen
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

3. ## Re: some / a little

Originally Posted by BobK
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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