So I am getting to something here the concept is still somewhat hazy in my mind. I just wish you to comment on it.
The pattern is: 人 何人 how many men?? 何人か some number of men 何人も a lot of men/ no men at all (depending on end of sentence)
枚 何枚 how many sheets?? 何枚か some number of sheets 何枚も a lot of sheets/ no sheets at all (depending on end of sentence) ... this continues with other counters. and also:
いくつ how many (small items)? いくつか a number of things いくつも a lot of sheets/ no sheets at all (depending on end of sentence)
いくら how much money いくらか some number of small items いくらも a lot/ none at all, amount of money (depending on end of sentence)
I hope my summarization of knowledge gained is without flaw. What is this phenomenon called? Have I made any mistake in deriving my conclusion? Is there something I have missed? It appears to work with all counters. Why are いくつ いくら and the rest not covered together with the chapter on counters anyway?
Sorry what I meant is a typical chapter on counters that explains counting long slender object, round objects e.t.c
They explain 1 pencil, 2 pencils, 3 pencils ... 1 page, 2 pages, 3 pages ... but this aspect of usage of 何、か and も is not explained. This is my experience. So this is true after all. Could you kindly explain why 何、か and も work this way with counters? ....? <<<
いくつ used to ask for "how many X" where X is counted using the ひとつ、ふたつ、。。。counter. Which counter is いくら used to inquire about?? <<<
I am sure this question is one of the very interesting ones.
I thought it just meant "a lot", with no expectation...but maybe I'm wrong.
I guess I didn't think that through very well. Obviously in a sentence like "そのクラブは大人気。何人もいたよ" it just means lots, but I was thinking of something more along the lines of "誰も来ないと思ったけど、何人もいた", which I think could be used to denote quite a small number of people.