Unit 2.2

Some as a Determiner

Determiners

Determiners are modifiers of nouns. They can provide a wide range of information.

We find the determiner some with both plural and singular nouns.

Some goes with both singular and plural nouns, and with both countable and uncountable nouns.

Determiner words are put before a noun to show what the noun refers to.

{See Some and Any, Level B1}

  • Some temporary worker is calling for you.
  • When Robert saw his expenses he said: “There must have been some mistake”.
  • Amanda is in some kind of trouble. That is why she couldn’t fulfill the task.
  • Some interns like doing a good job.
  • Andy saved some money for this trip.

Some has slightly different meanings depending on whether we use it with a singular or plural noun.

  • With singular nouns, it means that something exists but we don’t know much about its identity;
  • With plural nouns, it means that there are many things but we don’t know their exact number.

The determiner some has different meanings depending on its position in a clause:

  • With singular nouns, it means that something exists but we don’t know much about its identity;
  • With plural nouns, it means that there are many things but we don’t know their exact number.

For example:

— Some temporary worker is calling for you.” = We use some with singular nouns (temporary worker) when something exists but we don’t know much about its identity.
Some interns like doing a good job. = We use some with plural nouns (interns) when thre are many things but we don’t know their exact number. 

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