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    Default the usage of 'some'

    In my English grammar exercise book (English Grammar in Use), I saw the following correction exercise.

    I'm going to buy a new pyjama.

    The answer was "I'm going to buy some new pyjamas".

    In my thought, it is possible to say " I'm going to buy new pyjamas". But I found that in similar situations people frequently use "some" as above like this:

    I need some scissors.
    I have seen some good films recently.

    Would you let me know when I should use some? In the above three examples, is it possible to omit 'some'?

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    Default Re: the usage of 'some'

    Quote Originally Posted by word5810 View Post
    In my English grammar exercise book (English Grammar in Use), I saw the following correction exercise.

    I'm going to buy a new pyjama.

    The answer was "I'm going to buy some new pyjamas".

    In my thought, it is possible to say " I'm going to buy new pyjamas". But I found that in similar situations people frequently use "some" as above like this:

    I need some scissors.
    I have seen some good films recently.

    Would you let me know when I should use some? In the above three examples, is it possible to omit 'some'?

    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) By any chance, are you able to get a copy of Mr. Michael Swan's Practical

    English Usage? He discusses this matter in detail.

    (2) Mr. Swan says that sometimes there is no great difference:

    We need (some) cheese. / I didn't buy (any) eggs.

    (3) In other cases, there is a difference:

    We've planted some roses. (The speaker doesn't say how many)
    I like roses . (No idea of number)

    Would you like some more milk? (Indefinite amount -- as much as the listener wants.)
    We need milk, sugar, and eggs. (The speaker is thinking of the things that are needed, not of the amounts.)

    ***

    Regarding your "scissors" and "good films" sentences, let's wait for a teacher to

    answer, for I do not want to give you any wrong answers.

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