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    #1

    do not know if some

    a. I do not know if certain of my relatives will be at the wedding or not.
    b. I do not know if some of my relatives will be at the wedding or not.
    c. I do not know if several of my relatives will be at the wedding or not.
    d. I do not know if a few of my relatives will be at the wedding or not.
    e. I do not know if a number of my relatives will be at the wedding or not.

    I think in (a) my doubts concern a number of specific people. I might be sure that some of my relatives -even a great number of them- will be at the wedding, but there are some specific relatives of mine who just might not be there.

    In (b) and (c) and (d) and (e) I don't have specific people in mind. It is just possible that none of my relatives or only one or two of them will be present.

    I am pretty sure about (a), but I don't know for sure if the other ones cannot be used in both cases. The more I think about them the more I have the feeling that they are ambiguous.

    Many thanks.
    Azz.

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    #2

    Re: do not know if some

    It is likely that you have specific people in mind in a. It is not clear that you do or don't have specific people in mind for the rest.

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