What is grammar?
Language consists of words – spoken or written – which we use to communicate with other people. Grammar is the structure of that language: the way it’s used, and the conventions that help us understand what is meant from the context. We learn grammar as toddlers when we learn to speak, so if you speak correctly it’s likely that your children will too, without ever having been taught formally. Continue reading “Grammar”
much, many, a little, a few
much or many
much: uncountable nouns (milk, marmalade, money, time etc.)
many: countable nouns (bottles of milk, jars of marmalade, dollars, minutes etc.)
How much money have you got?
How many dollars have you got?
a little or a few
a little: non countable nouns (milk, marmalade, money, time etc.)
a few: countable nouns (bottles of milk, jars of marmalade, dollars, minutes etc.)
He has a little money left.
He has a few dollars left.
some: affirmative statements, offers, requests and in questions when you expect the answer “yes”
any: negative statements, questions
Have you got any bananas? No, we haven’t got any. But we’ve got some oranges.
something, anything and other compounds with some/any
Compounds with some and any
The compounds with some and any are used like the single words some/any.
|There is something wrong with our car.
|There is someone at the door.
|I would like to be somebody.
||Someday he’ll be rich.
|We saw her sometime last month.
||I sometimes take the bus to school.
|Can’t you sing somewhere else?
|She looked ill, somehow.
||I can’t help you anymore.
* There is no much difference between someone/anyone and somebody/anybody.
There’s someone at the door.
I’d like to be somebody.