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    #1

    use of some.

    Hi,I am Pandit.
    1) Those are -- nice shoes.
    2) I want to buy some new shoes.
    why is there no some in 1 and why some in 2.
    What are the rules in using some.

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    #2

    Re: use of some.

    One shoe -> a shoe
    More shoes - > shoes, some shoes

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    #3

    Re: use of some.

    Quote Originally Posted by BookAddict View Post
    One shoe -> a shoe
    More shoes - > shoes, some shoes
    That's not what he's asking.
    And it's not always true. Please specify that you're not a teacher when answering questions.


    I need to buy some shoes. = I need to buy some amount of shoes. = I need to buy shoes.

    It could be one pair or it could be 10 pairs. Some is an indefinite amount. If you want to be specific, you'd say "I need to buy a pair of shoes" or "I need to buy 10 pairs of shoes".

    "Those are some nice shoes" doesn't work because you're pointing to a specific pair (those shoes).

    But, some can be used here colloquially (in AmE) to express admiration: Those are some shoes! (I really like those shoes!)

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    Re: use of some.

    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post

    But, some can be used here colloquially (in AmE) to express admiration: Those are some shoes! (I really like those shoes!)
    That works in BrE too- we also use Those are quite some shoes. It doesn't have to be admiration; it could also be shock, but a strong reaction either way.

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