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English definition of “some”

some

adjective [not gradable]  /sʌm, səm/ us  

some adjective [not gradable] (UNKNOWN AMOUNT)

having an amount or number that is not known or not stated, or being a part of something: Let’s get some work done. Some stories he wrote were made into movies.

some adjective [not gradable] (PERSON OR THING)

used to refer to a person or thing when you cannot say exactly who or what it is: Some jerk backed into my car in the parking lot. There’s got to be some way out of here.

some

adverb [not gradable]  /sʌm, səm/ us  

some adverb [not gradable] (APPROXIMATELY)

(used in front of a number) approximately; about: Some 200 people applied for the job.

some

pronoun  /sʌm, səm/ us  

some pronoun (UNKNOWN AMOUNT)

an amount or number that is not known or stated: If you want more spaghetti, please take some. I like some of the people in my class. Some can also mean some people: Some have compared him to President Kennedy. Note: In negative sentences, you use "any" or "no" instead of "some." In questions, you usually use "any" instead of "some."
(Definition of some adjective, adverb, pronoun from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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