Some vs. Many

'Some' and 'many' both are quantifiers. It is important to know where to use them. Click here.

What Are Their Main Differences?

'Some' refers to a small amount or number, while 'many' refers to a large number.

Differences

Singular or Plural Nouns

  • 'Many':

is followed by plural countable nouns.

  • 'Some':

is followed by singular uncountable nouns and plural countable nouns.

Some jobs are really dangerous.

Many teachers are off in summer.

I ate some ice cream and it made me cold.

Singular or Plural Verbs?

  • 'Many':

is followed by plural verbs.

  • 'Some':

is followed by singular or plural verbs.

Many live in this animal farm.

Some cake was in the plate.

Some books take you to a different world.

What Some and Many Mean

  • 'Some':

means a small amount or number, but 'not many'.

  • 'Many':

means a large number that is more than 'some'.

There are many clothes at store. Some of them are shorts.

Grammatical Functions

  • 'Many' can be:
  1. an adjective
  • 'Some' can be:
  1. an adverb

"Take them to the room!" "They are many, I cannot carry them on my own." → pronoun

"Are you feeling better today?" "Some, I guess." → determiner

Similarities

Grammatical Functions

  • 'Some' and 'many' are used as:
  1. pronouns
  2. determiners

You can lose weight by some exercise. → determiner

Some of my family members are taking a trip to Miami. → pronoun

"How many friends do you have?" "Many, maybe one hundred." → pronoun

I have borrowed many books from the local library. → determiner

Many of and Some of

  • 'Many of' and 'some of':

are used as a pronoun, before noun phrases and pronouns.

Many of our projects reached a dead end.

Some of the aspects of the job made me discouraged.

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