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    weak and strong forms of "some "

    Some as a determiner has two forms: a weak form and a strong form. The forms have different meanings.

    Could anybody tell me what "weak form and strong form" are, please?

    Thanks.

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    Re: weak and strong forms of "some "

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Some as a determiner has two forms: a weak form and a strong form. The forms have different meanings.

    Could anybody tell me what "weak form and strong form" are, please?

    Thanks.
    Can you tell us where you are quoting this information from, and what examples are given?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: weak and strong forms of "some "

    There was a thread in this forum on the same topic back in 2010.

    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/p...form-some.html

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    Re: weak and strong forms of "some "

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Can you tell us where you are quoting this information from, and what examples are given?
    Hi ems.

    Does "weak form and strong form" mean the form of pronunciation?

    The following information is quoted from English Grammar Today-Cambridge:

    Some as a determiner has two forms: a weak form and a strong form. The forms have different meanings.

    Weak form some/ səm/
    We use the weak form of some in affirmative sentences and in questions (usually expecting the answer “yes”), when the quantity is indefinite or not important (we use any in questions and negative sentences):

    e.g I’ve got some/ səm/ water.
    e.g Have you got some water? (expecting the answer "yes")

    We use the weak form of some only with uncountable nouns and plural nouns:
    e.g I'm looking for some advice.(+uncountable noun)

    We don't use weak form some with singular countable nouns:
    e.g If you're looking for a book to read, I can recommend 'Animal Farm'
    Not: If you're looking for some book to read.....


    Strong form some/ sʌm/
    The strong form of some is stressed. This form contrasts with others or all or enough:
    e.g Why do some people live longer than other people? (some, not others)

    We can use this strong form to refer to someone or something particular but unknown, especially with singular countable nouns:
    e.g Some idiot driver crashed into the back of me.

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    Re: weak and strong forms of "some "

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    There was a thread in this forum on the same topic back in 2010.

    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/p...form-some.html
    Thanks, probus.

    I'm sorry that I still don't understand. Does "weak form and strong form" mean the form of pronunciation?

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    Re: weak and strong forms of "some "

    Hello, Winwin.
    Yes, they're about pronunciation.

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