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    #1

    certain or some

    a. We don't know for sure if certain patients will be cured or not.
    b. We don't know for sure if certain of the patients will be cured or not.

    Do the sentences imply that the speaker has specific patients in mind?
    She knows whether the others will be cured or not, but there are some specific patients that as far as she knows might or might be cured.

    Or is "certain" just the equivalent of "some"?

    Many Thanks.
    Azz.

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    #2

    Re: certain or some

    "a" is correct
    "b" should read... We don't know for sure if some of the patients will be cured or not.
    I have never heard "certain of" used like that. It sounds strange.

    "Do the sentences imply that the speaker has specific patients in mind?"
    We don't know for sure if certain patients will be cured or not.
    Yes, this implies specific patients.

    We don't know for sure if some of the patients will be cured or not.
    This does not imply specific patients as strongly as "a".

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