The use of some, any, much, many, little and few.
There are ways to talk about singular quantities that you cannot measure. The learner will eventually develop a sense about knowing the difference between what cannot be measured in units and what can. Then he will discover how to express the uncountable in countable forms. The use of “much” and “many” are generally learned together with the “any” and “some” that are used to express uncountable amounts. Asking and answering questions on amounts of items available in the home or office, help to solidify the learnt material. Here are some tips on learning much, many, any, some, little and few, which are all words that come into, play when referring to the consumption or preparation of goods.
Some is used with affirmations on an amount the person has while any is used for the negative question and stating a negative fact on an amount. So when asking anything about powders, liquids and substances that are too small to be counted separately, the learner can refer to them with the quantifier some as in “some rice.” Once one wants to refer to these amounts in units then simply consider what kind of packaging is being used and count those. Rice is sold in bags or packages, so an uncountable amount of rice can then be referred to as two bags of rags for example.
Much is used to ask about the amount of an uncountable amount, as in “How much milk do you have?” When the quantity can be counted, then many can be use as in “How many packages of cheese are there?”
Little can be used to talk a singular amount of a liquid, solid or gas. So you would ask for a little milk in your coffee and not “few.” Few would be used to refer to a plural amount of countable things such as cutting a few slices of cake. Ingesting a moderate amount of cake can be referred to as eating some cake or eating a little and not eating a “few” because few in itself is not associated with substances like cake that cannot be counted.