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adverb, determiner, pronoun strong    some pronunciation in British English
/sʌm/ weak    some pronunciation in British English
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. 1
    used for referring to an amount of something or to a number of people or things, without saying how much or how many

    Let me give you some advice.

    Tomatoes were only 80 pence a kilo, so I bought some.

    The result came as a surprise to some.

    some more:

    I just wanted some more information about language courses.

    some few/little:

    It will take some little time for her to recover.

    Some few days later Arthur received a reply to his letter.

  2. 2
    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 kids are more adventurous than others.


    Some people like pigeons and some don’t.

  3. 3
    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 Cranfield some years ago and hasn’t been heard of since.

    It took some courage to speak out against her employer.

  4. 4
    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.

  5. 5
    used for showing that you are guessing a number

    York is a historic city of some 110,000 people.

    Marion died in hospital some ten days later.

  6. 6
    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. 7
    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.

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