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    #11

    Re: something, some things

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    je ne sais quoi
    Wow! Glad I never write it! (Or say it!) Thanks!
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    #12

    Re: something, some things

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    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.
    Here's what I said above: "We turned it into a single compound word because the two words were used together so often."

    So, again: "Some things" is the plural of "something."
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    #13

    Re: something, some things

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    Please find the definition of the subject I searched from the Internet. Do you agree? But I still can't tell the differences of the two examples.

    (Something: Any random object, unpredicted,* Yes. Something is a thing. It is one thing.

    For example: "I have something special for you!"* Yes. In other words: I have a special thing for you.

    Some thing: The thing is already DEFINED. Yes.

    The thing is only ONE thing, not anything else. Yes.

    For example: "Tom has some thing to give to you,"* Sometimes. But usually it would be: Tom has something to give you.

    When speaking, your tone of voice changes. Yes.

    Some THING to give to you sounds much more provocative and colloqial. No. It's just a different emphasis.

    Otherwise, there is no big difference. Correct!
    I hope that helps!
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    #14

    Re: something, some things

    I disagree. 'Somethings' is the plural of 'something'. It's possible to use 'some things' as a plural form of 'something', but I think it leads to confusion of the type I was hoping to avoid in my last post.

    Sharon: "If you do a little something in my garden for me, I'll go camping with you. Oh, and something for my dog - he needs a walk. And ..."
    Brett: "How many somethings are there going to be?!"

    "Some things" does not work here; it is not strictly the plural of 'something'.

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    #15

    Re: something, some things

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I disagree. 'Somethings' is the plural of 'something'. It's possible to use 'some things' as a plural form of 'something', but I think it leads to confusion of the type I was hoping to avoid in my last post.

    Sharon: "If you do a little something in my garden for me, I'll go camping with you. Oh, and something for my dog - he needs a walk. And ..."
    Brett: "How many somethings are there going to be?!"

    "Some things" does not work here; it is not strictly the plural of 'something'.
    Well, sure! That's a rarified usage, but it's right. Outside of that unusual situation, we wouldn't say "somethngs."

    Ju, do Raymott's comments make sense to you?
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    #16

    Re: something, some things

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    Outside of that unusual situation, we wouldn't say "somethings."
    I don't think it's that unusual. In any case, rarified or not, somethings is the plural of something, not of some thing.

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