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some [ səm, strong sʌm ] function word, quantifier ***
Some can be used in the following ways:
as a determiner (followed by an uncountable noun):
I'll make some coffee. (followed by a plural noun):
She brought me some flowers. (followed by a singular countable noun):
She married some guy she met on the boat.
as a pronoun (without a following noun):
The cake's wonderful. Won't you have some?
Many fought and some died in the struggle. (followed by of ):
Some of the apples were rotten.
as an adverb (followed by a number):
The car stopped some twenty-five yards from where we were standing. (after a verb in American English):
His condition had worsened some.
1. ) => NOTE an amount or number used for referring to an amount of something or a number of people or things, without saying how much or how many:
Let me give you some advice.
Tomatoes were only 70 cents a pound, so I bought some.
The result came as a surprise to some.
some more: I just wanted some more information about language courses.
2. ) part of an amount or number used for showing that you are only referring to part of an amount, group, or number and not all of it:
some of: I've forgotten some of the details.
Some of you may know the story of Rip Van Winkle.
some...others: Some kids are more adventurous than others.
some...some: Some people like pigeons and some don't.
3. ) used for referring to a person or thing without being specific used for referring to a person or thing without knowing or without saying exactly which one:
There must have been some mistake.
Some fool drove into the back of my car.
some...or other: For some reason or other they didn't stamp my passport.
4. ) a fairly large amount or number used for emphasizing that you are talking about a fairly large amount of something or a fairly large number of people or things:
We've been waiting here for some time already.
He left the city some years ago and hasn't been heard of since.
It took some courage to speak out against her employer.
5. ) used before a number that is not exact used for showing that you are guessing a number:
Some 130,000 people live in the city.
Marion died in hospital some ten days later.
6. ) used for showing approval SPOKEN used for describing someone or something that you think is very good or impressive:
That's some view you get from up there!
That was some wedding there must have been a thousand people there.
7. ) to a small degree AMERICAN VERY INFORMAL used for saying that something happens to a certain degree but not very much:
They criticized me personally, and that hurt me some.
I'm feeling some better.
and then some SPOKEN
used for emphasizing that there is more in addition to what you have mentioned:
The house must have cost half a million dollars and then some.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • Some — (s[u^]m), a. [OE. som, sum, AS. sum; akin to OS., OFries., & OHG. sum, OD. som, D. sommig, Icel. sumr, Dan. somme (pl.), Sw. somlige (pl.), Goth. sums, and E. same. [root]191. See {Same}, a., and cf. { some}.] 1. Consisting of a greater or less… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • some — 1. The use of some to mean ‘very much’ or ‘notably such’ in sentences of the type. This is some party is still considered suitable mainly for informal contexts, and Churchill s famous line in a speech in 1941, Some chicken! Some neck! (in… …   Modern English usage

  • some — [sum] adj. [ME som < OE sum, a certain one, akin to Goth sums < IE * som > SAME] 1. being a certain one or ones not specified or known [open some evenings] 2. being of a certain unspecified (but often considerable) number, quantity,… …   English World dictionary

  • -some — ♦ Élément, du gr. sôma « corps » : centrosome, chromosome, ribosome. somato , some éléments, du gr. sôma, sômatos, corps . some V. somato . ⇒ SOME, élém. formant Élém. tiré du gr. , de « corps », entrant dans la constr. de termes sav. en biol. et …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • -some — as a suffix forming adjectives, it represents O.E. sum (see SOME (Cf. some); Cf. O.Fris. sum, Ger. sam, O.N. samr), related to sama same. As a suffix added to numerals meaning a group of that number (Cf. twosome) it represents O.E. sum some, used …   Etymology dictionary

  • Some — may refer to:*Some, a word denoting an indeterminate number of something: see Grammatical number* Some , a song by Built to Spill from their 1994 album There s Nothing Wrong with Love *Some Records, an US record label.*So Others Might Eat (SOME) …   Wikipedia

  • Some — Données clés Réalisation Chang Yoon hyun Scénario Kim Eun jeong Kim Eun shil Acteurs principaux Ko Soo Song Ji hyo Pays d’origine …   Wikipédia en Français

  • some — O.E. sum some, from P.Gmc. *sumas (Cf. O.S., O.Fris., O.H.G. sum, O.N. sumr, Goth. sums), from PIE root *sem one, as one (Cf. Skt. samah even, level, similar, identical; Gk. HAMO (Cf. hamo ); see SAME (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • -some — ( s[u^]m). [AS. sum; akin to G. & OHG. sam, Icel. samr, Goth. lustusams longed for. See {Same}, a., and cf. {Some}, a.] An adjective suffix having primarily the sense of like or same, and indicating a considerable degree of the thing or quality… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • -some — Ⅰ. some [1] ► SUFFIX forming adjectives meaning: 1) productive of: loathsome. 2) characterized by being: wholesome. 3) apt to: tiresome. ORIGIN Old English. Ⅱ. some …   English terms dictionary


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