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    Default How to use "some" and can I leave it out?

    I have heard that the expression “I bought melons yesterday” occurs only if I want to emphasize the fact that what I bought was melons, not oranges, apples, or bananas, and that “I bought some melons yesterday.” sounds more natural.

    I have a question.

    Does it sound natural if I omit “more” from the following sentence?

    Back in 1975 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decided to add more channels to the Citizens Band (CB) frequencies.

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    Default re: How to use "some" and can I leave it out?

    Snappy:
    I am not a native speaker of English. The point of my question is that I always wonder whether I should leave out "some" when I write sentences in English.
    If "I bought some melons yesterday." sounds more natural than "I bought melons yesterday" (unless I want to emphasize "melons"), what about the following sentence? Do they all sound natural?

    1. A local TV station is broadcasting in two channels, but it has decided to add channels in order to attract more viewers.
    2. A local TV station is broadcasting in two channels, but it has decided add a number of channels in order to attract more views.
    3. A local TV station is broadcasting in two channels, but it has decided add several channels in order to attract more viewers.
    4. A local TV station is broadcasting in two channels, but it has decided add some channels in order to attract more viewers.

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    Default Re: How to use "some" and can I leave it out?

    There's no effective difference between "I bought some melons yesterday" and "I bought melons yesterday".

    1. A local TV station is broadcasting on two channels, but it has decided to add channels in order to attract more viewers.
    2. A local TV station is broadcasting on two channels, but it has decided to add a number of channels in order to attract more viewers.
    3. A local TV station is broadcasting on two channels, but it has decided to add several channels in order to attract more viewers.
    4. A local TV station is broadcasting on two channels, but it has decided to add some channels in order to attract more viewers.

    Now they are correct.

    Rover
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 10-Jun-2013 at 09:21.

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