Some vs. Many

'Some' and 'many' both are quantifiers. It is important to know where to use them. In this part, we will look at their similarities and differences.

"Some" vs. "Many" in the English Grammar

What Are Their Main Differences?

'Some' refers to a small amount or number, while 'many' refers to a larger number more than 'some'.

Differences

Singular or Plural Nouns

  • 'Many':

is followed by plural nouns.

Many teachers are off in summer.

Many people were against the decision.

  • 'Some':

is followed by singular uncountable nouns and plural nouns.

Some jobs are really dangerous.

I ate some ice cream and it made me cold.

Singular or Plural Verbs

  • 'Many':

is followed by plural verbs.

Many live in this animal farm.

Many people were against the decision.

  • 'Some':

is followed by singular or plural verbs, depending on whether it is followed by a plural or singular noun.

Some cake was in the plate.

Some books take you to a different world.

Grammatical Functions

'Many' can be a:

We saw many interesting things. → adjective

'Some' can be a:

"Feeling better today?" "Some, I suppose." → adverb

Similarities

'Some' and 'many' can be both used as:

  1. pronouns
  2. determiners

You can lose weight by some exercise. → determiner

"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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