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    Some woman was looking for you

    I saw the followings in a grammar book:

    'Some' can be used with singular count nouns:

    Some woman was looking for you.
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    What does 'some woman' mean in the above sentence? Why don't we use 'a woman'?

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    Re: Some woman was looking for you

    "We can use this structure to suggest that we are not interested in somebody or something, or that we do not think much of him/her.it." Swan, Practical English Usage, OUP.

    Which grammar book did you use? Did it give no explanation?
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    Re: Some woman was looking for you

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    "We can use this structure to suggest that we are not interested in somebody or something, or that we do not think much of him/her.it." Swan, Practical English Usage, OUP.

    Which grammar book did you use? Did it give no explanation?
    Thanks, 5jj.

    English Grammar
    A resource book for students by Roger Berry

    Some woman was looking for you.

    Here it is not a quantifier referring to a vague or unknown number or quantity, but indicating an unknown individual.

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    Re: Some woman was looking for you

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Some woman was looking for you.

    Here it is not a quantifier referring to a vague or unknown number or quantity, but indicating an unknown individual.
    Exactly.

    On my walk today, I saw some guy with the cutest dog I've ever seen. But I was too shy to speak to him.

    You can also use "I saw this guy" when you're informally telling a story (in American English). It's an odd use of "this" because he's not in front of us as wel tell it, but he's in the front of your mind when you think of it.
    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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