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    something, some things

    1. He wants to buy some things for me.

    2. He wants to buy something for me.

    What are the differences between the usages of something and some things?

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    Re: something, some things

    I only know of one difference: One is singular and the other is plural.

    We use the singular form more often because it's useful in so many contexts. For instance:

    - The fill-in-the-blank sense: Quick! Do something!

    - The French je ne c'est qua sense: There's a certain something about her.

    - To make a sentence more open-ended: He got a job as a waiter or something.

    But it always literally means some thing. We turned it into a single compound word because the two words were used together so often.

    Does that help?




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    Re: something, some things

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    je ne c'est qua
    je ne sais quoi

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    Re: something, some things

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    I only know of one difference: One is singular and the other is plural.

    We use the singular form more often because it's useful in so many contexts. For instance:

    - The fill-in-the-blank sense: Quick! Do something!

    - The French je ne c'est qua sense: There's a certain something about her.

    - To make a sentence more open-ended: He got a job as a waiter or something.

    But it always literally means some thing. We turned it into a single compound word because the two words were used together so often.

    Does that help?





    Sorry, not quite understand.
    You mean some things is the plural form of something? But the first one are 2 separate words and the latter is one words.

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    Re: something, some things

    Do you know what's wrong with the phrase "one words"?

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    Re: something, some things

    Say:

    Sorry. I don't quite understand.

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    Re: something, some things

    Some things is the plural of a thing.

    Something is an unspecified object, mass, state, quality or action.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 14-Dec-2016 at 23:36. Reason: Typo corrected. Thanks, GS,

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    Re: something, some things

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Some things is the plural of a thing.
    Note my little correction.
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    Re: something, some things

    Please find the defination of the subj ect I searched from internet. Do you agree? But I still can't tell the differences of the 2 examples.

    (Something: Any random object, unpredicted,*

    for example: "I have something special for you!"*

    Some thing: The thing is already DEFINED.

    the thing is only ONE thing, not anything else.

    for example: "Tom has some thing to give to you,"*

    When speaking, your tone of voice changes.

    Some THING to give to you sounds much more provocative and colloqial.

    Otherwise, there is no big difference.)

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    Re: something, some things

    for example: "Tom has some thing to give to you,"
    That would be very uncommon. I'd suggest you learn what each term means, how it's used, and forget about the difference between them.
    Do you have the same trouble with: somebody: some body, sometime: some time, etc.? There are a whole lot of words with 'some': someone, somewhere, somehow, somewhat ...
    They have specific meanings. The other group has unrelated words with the quantifier "some" before them.

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