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    Question Something

    Is "something" the same as "some things"? Similarly, is "manything" the same as "many things"?
    If they are different from each other, then when do we use "something", "somethings"; "manything", "many things"?
    Is "something" used as a plural or single noun? E.g: We often say: "There's something..." or "There are something..."?

    Many thanks.

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    Default Re: Something

    Quote Originally Posted by devonpham1998 View Post
    Is "something" the same as "some things"?
    It is not the same. "Something" is singular and "some things" are plural.

    There is one more possibility: "some thing." There is a difference in pronunciation between "something" and "some thing". In the first, "some" is the stressed syllable. In the second, usually "thing" is stressed.

    Similarly, is "manything" the same as "many things"?
    No. "Manything" is not a word.

    If they are different from each other, then when do we use "something", "somethings"; "manything", "many things"?
    You should never use "manything" because it isn't a word. Where did you hear or see that? "Anything" is a correct word, maybe that's what you had in mind?

    Is "something" used as a plural or single noun? E.g: We often say: "There's something..."
    This is correct.

    or "There are something..."?
    This is incorrect. You should say, "There are some things..."
    BC

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    Default Re: Something

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    BC
    There is one more possibility: "some thing." There is a difference in pronunciation between "something" and "some thing". In the first, "some" is the stressed syllable. In the second, usually "thing" is stressed.
    When do we use 'something' and when do we use 'some thing'? Could you give me some particular cases?

    What's the difference between 'something' and 'some things' or 'some thing', by the way?

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    Default Re: Something

    Quote Originally Posted by devonpham1998 View Post
    When do we use 'something' and when do we use 'some thing'? Could you give me some particular cases?

    What's the difference between 'something' and 'some things' or 'some thing', by the way?
    I think the difference between "some thing" and "something" is the stress. We use "something" when we want to stress "some" and when we do not want to stress anything at all. We use "some thing" when we want to stress "thing".

    We use "some things" when we are talking about many things.

    I am not sure though if I'm telling you all there is to say about it. I hope someone who knows more about it is going to help us both.

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    Default Re: Something

    Quote Originally Posted by devonpham1998 View Post
    When do we use 'something' and when do we use 'some thing'? Could you give me some particular cases?

    What's the difference between 'something' and 'some things' or 'some thing', by the way?
    Hi,

    e.g.

    There is something wrong with him.
    Something is going to happen tomorrow.

    There are some things in that basket over there

    Regards

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