- 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 SPOKENused 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.