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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishsomesome1 /səm; strong sʌm/ ●●● S1 W1 determiner 🔊 🔊 1 a number of people or things, or an amount of something, when the exact number or amount is not stated 🔊 I need some apples for this recipe. 🔊 My mother has inherited some land. 🔊 They’re looking for someone with some experience. 🔊 The doctor gave her some medicine for her cough.2 a number of people or things or an amount of something, but not all 🔊 Some people believe in life after death. 🔊 She’s been so depressed that some days she can’t get out of bed.3 formal a fairly large number of people or things or a fairly large amount of something 🔊 It was some time before they managed to turn the alarm off. 🔊 The donation went some way toward paying for the damage.4 SOME/A FEWused to mean a person or thing, when you do not know or say exactly which 🔊 There must be some reason for her behaviour. 🔊 Can you give me some idea of the cost?some kind/type/form/sort of something 🔊 We can hopefully reach some kind of agreement.5 informal used when you are talking about a person or thing that you do not know, remember, or understand, or when you think it does not matter 🔊 Some guy called for you while you were gone.some something or other/another 🔊 Just give him some excuse or other.6 GOOD/EXCELLENTused to say that something was very good or very impressive 🔊 That was some party last night!7 some friend you are/some help she was etcTHESAURUSsome a number of people or things or an amount of something, but not a large number or amountThere were some children playing in the street.‘Have we got any biscuits?’ ‘Yes, I’ve just bought some.’a few a small number of people, things etc. A few is used when there is a smaller number than some‘Are there any chocolates left?’ ‘Only a few.’I’m going out with a few of my friends.a couple of informal two or a very small numberCan I ask you a couple of questions?I’ll just have a couple of drinks.a little a small amount of somethingI speak a little Spanish.He just wants a little sugar.a certain amount of a fairly large amount – use this to talk about people’s feelings, abilities etcIt’s a job that requires a certain amount of skill.
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someThere's some butter in the fridge.In some cases, the damage could not even be repaired.It's a good idea to take some cash with you.Of course you'll make some new friends in college.I've only spent some of the money.They've already gotten some offers to buy their house.Some students only come here because they want to have fun, not because they want to learn.The talks have been continuing for some time.Some trees lose their leaves in the autumn.some waySometimes the price advantage lies with fresh, unmodified food and sometimes with food processed in some way.Hunt's Free is richer and more ambitious than 1959 in some ways, and less successful in others.While workers suffer, trade and technology are working, in some ways, as they should.In some ways he had been both my model and my mentor.The days of virtual 3-D chess are some way off yet.The objectives were laudable and in some ways romantic.He felt himself growing excited and tried to think of some way to dismiss Halsey.He still has some way to go to earn a place in the golfing record books.
somesome2 /sʌm/ ●●● S1 W1 pronoun 🔊 🔊 1 SOME/A FEWa number of people or things or an amount of something, when the exact number or amount is not stated 🔊 I’ve just made a pot of coffee. Would you like some? 🔊 ‘Do you know where the screws are?’ ‘There are some in the garage.’2 a number of people or things or an amount of something, but not all 🔊 Many local businesses are having difficulties, and some have even gone bankrupt. 🔊 Some say it was an accident, but I don’t believe it. 🔊 Many of the exhibits were damaged in the fire, and some were totally destroyed.some of 🔊 Some of his jokes were very rude. 🔊 Can I have some of your cake?3 and then some
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someIt's true that some have suggested that the mayor resign.We're out of milk. Could you bring some home from the store?"Do you have any tape?" "Yeah, there's some in my desk drawer."We've ordered more blue shirts, though we still have some in stock.some ofSome of us had to leave the meeting early.Can I have some of your cake?
somesome3 /səm; strong sʌm/ ●●● S1 W1 adverb 🔊 🔊 1 some more2 American EnglishLITTLE/NOT MUCHQUITE/FAIRLY spoken a little 🔊 ‘Are you feeling better today?’ ‘Some, I guess.’3 some 500 people/50%/£100 etc4 some little/few something
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someStatistically, some 100,000 Guardian readers will be problem drinkers.Among the 11 factory sites across Europe, some 2,600 jobs are to be eliminated this year.He lectured at the Institut Pasteur for some 50 years.We could work some and then rest a while.
-some-some /səm/ suffix 🔊 1 [in adjectives] tending to behave in a particular way, or having a particular quality 🔊 a troublesome boy (=who causes trouble) 🔊 a bothersome back injury (=that bothers you)2 [in nouns] a group of a particular number, for example in a game 🔊 a golf foursome (=four people playing golf together)
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-somea loving twosome
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