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    #1

    Question some/a

    Do you accept both of them?
    He was interrupted twice by some/a troublemaker in the audience.

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    Re: some/a

    Quote Originally Posted by panicmonger View Post
    Do you accept both of them?
    He was interrupted twice by some/a troublemaker in the audience.
    No, if you want to have more than one troublemaker, you need the plural, "some troublemakers".

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    #3

    Re: some/a

    I accept both.

    '...some' can mean unnamed or unknown.

    'Some idiot nearly ran me down as I crossed the road.'

    Rover

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    #4

    Re: some/a

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I accept both.

    '...some' can mean unnamed or unknown.

    'Some idiot nearly ran me down as I crossed the road.'

    Rover
    Me too
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #5

    Re: some/a

    **Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.**

    Some can be used here, because it's a general statement.
    A/An can be misunderstood by someone because it can mean one.
    Tonight we will kick some ass.
    This doesn't necessarily mean you will kick one ass only.
    (I hope it's not too "vulgar", it's a joke )

    Cheers!

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    #6

    Re: some/a

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I accept both.

    '...some' can mean unnamed or unknown.

    'Some idiot nearly ran me down as I crossed the road.'

    Rover
    Yes, that's true.

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