much, many, some, any, a few, a little, a lot, lots of Revision:
(Phrasal Verbs) pick up - run out of Vocabulary
- with countable nouns, i.e.
- We have a few bananas.
- Few people came to the meeting. ('few' without 'a' is more negative)
- with uncountable nouns, i.e.
- There's a little coffee left, would you like some?
- There's only a little rice, we need to buy some more. ('only' adds negative meaning)
- There's little food left, we've come too late. ('little' without 'a' adds negative meaning too)
- questions and negatives, i.e.
- Have we got any apples?
- She's lonely, she hasn't got any friends.
- with countable nouns in questions and negatives, i.e.
- How many people came to the picnic?
- There weren't many paintings in the exhibion, it was mainly sculptures.
- with uncountable nouns in questions and negatives, i.e.
a lot/lots of
- How much exercise have you done today?
- There isn't much soup, just enough for one cup.
- countable and
un-countable nouns, i.e.
- She has a lot of friends.
- We don't need to hurry, we have lots of time.
- in positive sentences, i.e.
- There're some biscuits and a lot of cake in the cupboard.
- Yes, he's made some friends at university.
- to buy some thing, usually this means a small item, i.e.
run out of
- Can you please pick up a newspaper for me when you go to the supermarket?
- I'll pick up some vegetables and pasta when I'm out.
- you did have a quantity of something but now it has all gone, i.e.
* In answer to a question ‘of' is not used. - Have we got any tea? - No, we've run out.
- I've run out of coffee.
- We must go, we've run out of time.