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English grammar and usage issues

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henryh
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Some

Unread postby henryh » 01 Dec 2007, 17:21

Hello,

1 There's some water in the bottle.
2 There's water in the bottle.

What is the second one? What's the difference?

Thanks.

Chopvac
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Re: Some

Unread postby Chopvac » 04 Dec 2007, 22:14

henryh wrote:Hello,

1 There's some water in the bottle.
2 There's water in the bottle.

What is the second one? What's the difference?

Thanks.


In a 500ml bottle:

"There's water..."
100ml
200ml
300ml
400ml
500ml

"There's water..." speaks strictly of existence or nonexistence, regardless of the amount.


"There's some water..."
100ml
200ml
300ml

Some, in reference to uncountable nouns, usually (though not always) ranges from more than zero up to half.

It can also mean more than half, depending on the need. (Example: you have 500ml in a 500ml bottle but require a litre of water.)

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Re: Some

Unread postby lxguy » 26 Jan 2008, 16:50

1 There's some water in the bottle.
2 There's water in the bottle.
Maybe the first sentence puts emphasis on quantity while the second one just on content(i.e water not milk or else)


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