a lot / some / any
There is a lot of traffic on one side of the street.
A lot of traffic = many cars
There isn't a lot of traffic on the other side. There are some
cars but not very many.
some = a relatively small amount but "some" is not easy to
quantify or equate to a particular number.
There isn't any traffic in the street.
There aren't any cars. (not any = 0)
A lot, some,
and any are used with indefinite amounts:
Q: How many students are there in the classroom:
A: There are a lot. (This is a large number). Or....
A: There are some students. (This is a small number but the
number is not known.) Or....
A: There aren't any students. (This is zero or a very, very
small number and the number is not known.)
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