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English definition of “some”


determiner (ANGER)  /sʌm/ informal
used before a noun , especially at the beginning of a sentence to show anger or disapproval , often by repeating a word that was not accurately used: Some people just don't know when to shut up. Some help you were! You sat on your backside most of the afternoon ! "A friend of mine sold me a radio that doesn't work ." "Some friend !"Inconvenience Grammar:SomeSome is a determiner and a pronoun.Grammar:Some as a determinerWe use some before nouns to refer to indefinite quantities. Although the quantity is not important or not defined, using some implies a limited quantity:Grammar:Some as a pronounWe use some as a pronoun (i.e. without a noun following) when the noun is understood:Grammar:Some ofGrammar:Some: typical errorsGrammar:Some and anyWe use some and any in different types of clauses.
(Definition of some determiner (ANGER) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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