Is it necessary to include a definite article or the words "some" and "any" in questions and negations with plural and uncountable nouns? Let's consider the following scenarios:
1) I'm on the phone with my brother, talking about his roadtrip. Can I simply ask:
Can you see mountains already?
Or should I add a determiner before the noun? For whatever reason this one doesn't sound as idiomatic as its slightly longer version:
Can you see mountains in the distance?
2) I'm at a supermarket. I'm calling my wife and ask her:
Do we need milk?
Again, is the determiner needed? And how is this different from:
Do we need any milk?
I don't hang out with celebrities, nor do I need fame.
How does the sentence change if I add the determiners:
I don't hang out with any celebrities, nor do I need any fame.
4) Why does it seem okay to state:
Thank you, but I don't like wine.
But in the following clause, removing "any" seems wrong?
Thank you, I don't want any wine.
But then again, this sentence seems perfectly fine. Or perhaps it doesn't?
I don't have kids and do not want to have any.