Why "few" instead of "some" or "several"?
'Some' is now accepted; probably 'several' as well.
OK but my question was about how one word can have opposite meanings like "few" and "several".
Oh I see. "few" as opposed to "a few" would probably be wrong, and should be reported.
You're right. Thank you.
how can alcuno means "any" and "some" at the same time? This is really sick. I cannot really recognize which one is used in a particular sentence
It only can mean "any" in negative sentences.
This time I used few instead of "a few" and it told me it was wrong . . . before I put "a few" and it told me it was supposed to be just "few" . . . which is it?
few = small quantity of = pochi/poche
a few = some = alcuni/alcune
"Tools" should be an acceptable substitute for "instruments."
Any help on what the difference is when you use Alcuni and Alcune? Alcuni comes before a plural?
"alcuni" for male plurals, "alcune" for female plurals :D
There are few instruments=Ci sono pochi strumenti.
Would 'qualche strumenti' be a possible answer? If not, when is 'qualche as opposed to alcun used?
"qualche" is used with singular nouns, "alcuni/alcune" with plural nouns. There is also a small difference of meaning. The former means 1 or more, the latter means 2 or more. Examples:
This is correct. You can say tools or instruments
Why is it "Ci sono" and not "Ce sono" for "There are"? Nothing reflexive in this statement right?
why not tools? it is the same word.
AFAIK "attrezzo" is the closest translation to "tool" (more informal) and "strumento" is closer to "instrument" (more formal)