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    I think I should buy some shoes.

    Is the usage of "some" before shoes correct?

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Is this sentence appropriate?

    Hi,

    I believe it's grammatically correct if you have two buy a lot of shoes (two or more pairs of shoe).

    Maybe 'I think I should buy a pair of shoe' it's better, though I am not a teacher, and I do not know what do you want to say by the word 'some' two pairs or more or perhaps only one.

    Cordially,

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    Quote Originally Posted by The French View Post
    Hi,

    I believe it's grammatically correct if you have two buy a lot of shoes (two or more pairs of shoe).

    Maybe 'I think I should buy a pair of shoe' it's better, though I am not a teacher, and I do not know what do you want to say by the word 'some' two pairs or more or perhaps only one.

    Cordially,
    I am not sure but...
    Some should be used with uncountable stuff like sugar, water, etc

    Would you like to have some water.
    I want some sugar please.

    I think I should buy a pair of shoes.

    This would be more appropriate according to me...

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    Default Re: Is this sentence appropriate?

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    Hi,

    I think I should buy some shoes.

    Is the usage of "some" before shoes correct?

    Thanks
    Yes.
    What makes you suspicious? 'some' is a determiner and is used before countable nouns (as well as uncountable ones) in the plural to denote an indefinite number of them.

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    Default Re: Is this sentence appropriate?

    Hi,

    in your two sentences below it seems to me that when you offer something and the answer is naturally yes; In this case in English grammar you use 'some' instead of 'any'.

    It's the same in the second sentence. You would like to have sugar and you use 'some' because you think the answer is yes if you are sure the person do not have sugar you need to write your quote with te word 'any'.

    Maybe it's not the same in Ameriacn English or another English countries, but I do not know.



    Would you like to have some water?
    I want some sugar please.

    See you soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The French View Post
    Hi,

    in your two sentences below it seems to me that when you offer something and the answer is naturally yes; In this case in English grammar you use 'some' instead of 'any'.

    It's the same in the second sentence. You would like to have sugar and you use 'some' because you think the answer is yes if you are sure the person do not have sugar you need to write your quote with te word 'any'.

    Maybe it's not the same in Ameriacn English or another English countries, but I do not know.



    Would you like to have some water?
    I want some sugar please.

    See you soon.
    Your theory behind the usage of "some" and "any" is unfortunately incorrect. I dont think it works that way...

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    Default Re: Is this sentence appropriate?

    Hi anupumh,

    It is not a theory. When you offer something for example tea, you say 'would you like some tea'.

    The rule I have learnt is the following:

    Use the word 'any' in question but you should use 'some' when you propose something.

    In quote like 'Do you some bananas?' and 'Do you have any bananas?' there is a difference in the meaning.

    I'm 99% sure about it.

    Hope one teacher can enlighten my way.

    See you.

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    Default Re: Is this sentence appropriate?

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    Your theory behind the usage of "some" and "any" is unfortunately incorrect. I dont think it works that way...
    Most of The French's theories are unfortunately incorrect. I do not know why he persists in trying to explain things in English that he doesn't understand himself, and to people who have a better command of English than he does.
    I don't want to be to harsh on him because once, about 6 weeks ago, he did give a valid reply to a post.

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