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    can I use some with singular countable words? 8)

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    Sometimes; you'll hear 'That was some game', which means that it was an excellent or extraordinary game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carla guaraldi
    can I use some with singular countable words? 8)
    In addition to what TDOL said, one can use some with a singular noun to mean "unspecified" or "unknown".

    Some man just called.
    Some dog killed our cat.

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    can I have some grape? can I take some orange? Are those wrong?????
    Should I say can I have some grapes ? Thanks for the two answers you have already given me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carla guaraldi
    can I have some grape? can I take some orange? Are those wrong?????
    Should I say can I have some grapes ? Thanks for the two answers you have already given me.
    Those would be wrong if you mean the fruit.

    You could say "Can I have some grape/orange" if you were offered a choice of several juices/sodas, but you would really be saying "some grape/orange juice/soda, even if you didn't say the last word. :wink:

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    You said they would be wrong if I meant the fruit, Could you give me an example of some related to grape , apple, banana? because it sounds strange to say can I have some bananas? It sounds like I want more than one... I would like an example of some with a singular countable noun, the examples you gave me sound like exception to the rule,
    I was studying the uses of any for plural countable nouns and uncountable do I have to apply these rules to some????

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    Quote Originally Posted by carla guaraldi
    You said they would be wrong if I meant the fruit, Could you give me an example of some related to grape , apple, banana? because it sounds strange to say can I have some bananas? It sounds like I want more than one... I would like an example of some with a singular countable noun, the examples you gave me sound like exception to the rule,
    I was studying the uses of any for plural countable nouns and uncountable do I have to apply these rules to some????
    Yes, if you say "some bananas" you are asking for more than one. If you want one banana, ask for one banana or a banana. My examples were exceptions. It sounded as if that was what you wanted. When we use countable nouns, we use one" or "a" for the singular.

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