From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishsomesome1 /səm; strong sʌm/ ●●●S1W1 determiner1a number of people or things, or an amount of something, when the exact number or amount is not statedI 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.2a number of people or things or an amount of something, but not allSome people believe in life after death.She’s been so depressed that some days she can’t get out of bed.3formal a fairly large number of people or things or a fairly large amount of somethingIt was some time before they managed to turn the alarm off.The donation went some way toward paying for the damage.4SOME/A FEWused to mean a person or thing, when you do not know or say exactly whichThere must be some reason for her behaviour.Can you give me some idea of the cost?some kind/type/form/sort of somethingWe can hopefully reach some kind of agreement.5informal 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 matterSome guy called for you while you were gone.some something or other/anotherJust give him some excuse or other.
6GOOD/EXCELLENTused to say that something was very good or very impressiveThat 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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some• There's somebutter in the fridge.• In somecases, the damage could not even be repaired.• It's a good idea to take somecash with you.• Of course you'll make some new friends in college.• I've only spentsome of the money.• They've already gotten someoffers to buy their house.• Somestudents only come here because they want to have fun, not because they want to learn.• The talks have been continuing for some time.• Sometreeslose their leaves in the autumn.some way• Sometimes the priceadvantagelies 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 workerssuffer, 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-Dchess are some way off yet.• The objectives were laudable and in some waysromantic.• He felt himself growingexcited and tried to think of some way to dismiss Halsey.• He still has some way to go to earn a place in the golfingrecordbooks.somesome2 /sʌm/ ●●●S1W1 pronoun1SOME/A FEWa number of people or things or an amount of something, when the exact number or amount is not statedI’ve just made a pot of coffee. Would you like some?‘Do you know where the screws are?’ ‘There are some in the garage.’2a number of people or things or an amount of something, but not allMany 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 ofSome of his jokes were very rude.Can I have some of your cake?3 →and then some
some• Statistically, some 100,000 Guardianreaders will be problem drinkers.• Among the 11 factorysites 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/ suffix1[in adjectives]tending to behave in a particular way, or having a particular qualitya 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 gamea golf foursome (=four people playing golf together)