being an unknown, or not specified one[~ + singular countable noun]Some person may object. We asked if there would be some adult present in the class.
certain; a few but not all[~ + plural noun]Some days I stay home.
not specified in number, amount, etc.; a certain amount or part of, but not all of[~ +uncountable noun]I agree with you to some extent. Will you spend some time with your friends?
not specified but fairly large, great, or considerable in number, amount, degree, etc.: [~ +uncountable noun]We talked for some time.[~ + plural noun]I've known her for quite some years now.
Informal Terms[Informal.](used, esp. when stressed, to express irony or sarcasm, or that the next noun is unusual, remarkable, undeniable, etc.: [~ + countable noun]Some partner you turned out to be! That was some storm.[~ + plural noun]Those were some tough football players![~ +uncountable noun]There must be some work I can do.
[used in place of a plural noun] certain persons, individuals, etc., not specified:Some think he is dead.[~ + of the + plural noun]Some of the people think he is dead.
[used in place of a uncountable noun] a certain part or amount not specified:Some is spoiled, but some is still good.[~ + of the +uncountable noun]Some of the food is spoiled.
an unspecified number, amount, etc., in addition to the rest[used in place of a plural noun]He paid a thousand dollars and then some.
approximately; about[before a number]The building was some fifty stories high.
to some degree or extent:I like baseball some.
The word some is used in sentences that are affirmative; the word any is used instead of some with negative phrases or in questions:I'd like some milk. I don't want any milk. I never see any of my friends these days. Do you have any milk?But some can be used in questions when the answer is expected to be "yes'':Can I have some milk, please? -some1,suffix.
-some is used to form adjectives with the meanings "like; tending to'':burden + -some → burdensome (= like a burden); quarrel + -some → quarrelsome (= tending to quarrel).
-some is used to form nouns with the meaning "a collection (of the number mentioned) of objects'':threesome (= a group of three).
being an undetermined or unspecified one:Some person may object.
(used with plural nouns) certain:Some days I stay home.
of a certain unspecified number, amount, degree, etc.:to some extent.
unspecified but considerable in number, amount, degree, etc.:We talked for some time. He was here some weeks.
Informal Terms[Informal.]of impressive or remarkable quality, consequence, extent, etc.:That was some storm.
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.
(used with numerals and with words expressing degree, extent, etc.) approximately; about:Some 300 were present.
Informal Terms[Informal.]to some degree or extent; somewhat:I like baseball some. She is feeling some better today.
Informal Terms[Informal.]to a great degree or extent; considerably:That's going some.
Etymology:bef. 900; Middle English (adjective, adjectival and pronoun); Old English sum origin, originally, someone; cognate with Middle Low German, Middle High German sum, Old Norse sumr, Gothic sums
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. -some1,
a native English suffix formerly used in the formation of adjectives:quarrelsome; burdensome.
Etymology:Middle English; Old English -sum; akin to Gothic -sama, German -sam; see same
a collective suffix used with numerals:twosome; threesome.
special use of some (pronoun) Middle English -sum, Old English sum
a combining form meaning "body,'' used in the formation of compound words:chromosome.