Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Dictionary Suite


parts of speech:
adjective, pronoun, adverb
Note, Homophone Note
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: being an unspecified number or amount.
some money
definition 2: being unknown or unnamed.
Some man stopped to inquire about a job.
definition 3: being unspecified but relatively great in number or amount.
It will take some time to finish this job.
part of speech: pronoun
definition 1: an indefinite quantity or number in addition to what was previously specified.
ten weeks and then some
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definition 2: certain unspecified people, things, or instances.
Some are friendly and some are not.
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part of speech: adverb
definition 1: approximately; about.
It cost some fifty dollars.
definition 2: (informal) a bit; somewhat.
He reads some, but not much.
some or any?
We use any in negative sentences about quantity and in questions about quantity. Some is not usually used in negative sentences, but can be used in questions if we think that the answer is likely to be yes. We also use some when we offer something to someone in order to encourage that person to say yes.
  • Do you have any candy?
  • I don't have any candy with me now.
  • I do have some candy at home.
  • Would you like some coffee?
Homophone Note
The words some and sum (the result of adding) sound alike but have different meanings.