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some

[ suhm; unstressed suhm ]
/ sʌm; unstressed səm /
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adjective
pronoun
certain persons, individuals, instances, etc., not specified: Some think he is dead.
an unspecified number, amount, etc., as distinguished from the rest or in addition: He paid a thousand dollars and then some.
adverb
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Origin of some

First recorded before 900; Middle English (adjective and pronoun); Old English sum originally, “someone”; cognate with Middle Low German, Middle High German sum, Old Norse sumr, Gothic sums

words often confused with some

As pronouns, both some and any may be used in affirmative or negative questions: Will you ( won't you ) have some? Do you ( don't you ) have any? But some is used in affirmative statements and answers: You may have some. Yes, I'd like some. And in negative statements and answers, any is the usual choice: I don't care for any. No, I can't take any.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH some

some , sum

Other definitions for some (2 of 4)

-some1

a native English suffix formerly used in the formation of adjectives: quarrelsome; burdensome.

Origin of -some

1
Middle English; Old English -sum; akin to Gothic -sama,German -sam;see same

Other definitions for some (3 of 4)

-some2

a collective suffix used with numerals: twosome; threesome.

Origin of -some

2
Middle English -sum,Old English sum; special use of some (pronoun)

Other definitions for some (4 of 4)

-some3

a combining form meaning “body,” used in the formation of compound words: chromosome.
Also -soma.

Origin of -some

3
<Greek sôma body; see soma1
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How to use some in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for some (1 of 4)

some
/ (sʌm, unstressed səm) /

determiner
adverb
US not standard to a certain degree or extentI guess I like him some

Word Origin for some

Old English sum; related to Old Norse sumr, Gothic sums, Old High German sum some, Sanskrit samá any, Greek hamē somehow

British Dictionary definitions for some (2 of 4)

-some1

suffix forming adjectives
characterized by; tending toawesome; tiresome

Word Origin for -some

Old English -sum; related to Gothic -sama, German -sam

British Dictionary definitions for some (3 of 4)

-some2

suffix forming nouns
indicating a group of a specified number of membersthreesome

Word Origin for -some

Old English sum, special use of some (determiner)

British Dictionary definitions for some (4 of 4)

-some3
/ (-səʊm) /

n combining form
a bodychromosome

Word Origin for -some

from Greek sōma body
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Medical definitions for some

-some

suff.
Body:centrosome.
Chromosome:autosome.
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Other Idioms and Phrases with some

some

see and then some; catch some rays; catch some z's; dig up (some dirt); in a (some) sense; in some measure; one of these days (some day); take some doing; to some degree; win some, lose some.

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