Using algo de + noun to express some of/a bit of [something]

The most common way to say "a bit of" in Spanish is to use "un poco de". However, we sometimes use "algo de" followed by a noun to mean "a bit of" or "some", although it is less frequent. 

Have a look at the following examples:

Déjame algo de carne para esta noche. Tendré hambre cuando vuelva.
Leave me some/a bit of meat for tonight. I will be hungry when I return.

Todavía siento algo de resentimiento por ese chico, por lo que me hizo.
I still feel some/a bit of resentment for that guy, because of what he did to me.

Si te queda algo de cordura no salgas con esa chica.
If you still have a some sense left don't go out with that girl.

Some important points about Algo de:

  • Algo de is invariable.
  • It does not agree in gender with the noun it refers to.
  • It is always used in the neutral form "algo".
  • Do not use it with plural nouns, only with singular nouns.

If you want to use the same idea a bit of/some, with plural nouns, then you must use algunos/algunas, (not algo de).

For example: 

Podemos beber algunas bebidas del frigorífico.
Podemos beber algo de bebidas del frigorífico.
We can drink some drinks from the fridge.

"Algo de" is mostly used with abstract and/or uncountable nouns.

Extra note:

Sometimes you find algo de followed by an infinitive or an adjective, with a very similar meaning. For example:

Mamá, ¿hay algo de comer?
Mum, is there anything to eat?

Este asunto tiene algo de raro.
This situation is a bit weird.

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Si te queda algo de cordura no salgas con esa chica.
If you still have a some sense left don't go out with that girl.


Déjame algo de carne para esta noche. Tendré hambre cuando vuelva.
Leave me some/a bit of meat for tonight. I will be hungry when I return.


Todavía siento algo de resentimiento por ese chico, por lo que me hizo.
I still feel some/a bit of resentment for that guy, because of what he did to me.


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