Some vs. Most

Some and most are both quantifiers, so let us get to know them.

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

What Are Their Main Differences?

'Some' refers to a small amount or number, while 'most' refers to the largest number or amount of something.


What 'Some' and 'Most' Mean

  • 'Some':

refers to a small amount or number.

  • 'Most':

refers to the largest number.

Some of my friends are boys, but most of them are girls.

Talking in General

When we are talking generally about people or things, we use most followed by a plural countable noun.

Most animals hunt when they are hungry.


'Some of' and 'Most of'

  • 'Some of' and 'most of':

are used before noun phrases and pronouns.

Some of our workers are fired.

Most of the cow's milk is used to make cheese.

Grammatical Functions

  • 'Some' and 'most' are used as:
  1. determiners
  2. pronouns
  3. adverbs

Would you like some bread? → determiner

Some of his famous films are Spy, Fast and Furious ,and The Transporter. → pronoun

He drove some faster. → adverb

Most people would like a cup of tea after work. → determiner

I tried the most to save him. → pronoun

They have married to each other the most fast. → adverb

'Most of the'

Do not use 'most of' before nouns. 'Most of' must be followed by 'the.'

I did most of the laundries by myself yesterday.


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