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    #1

    several/some

    Please help me.

    What's the difference between the two sentences below?

    a. I know some good pubs around here.
    b. I know several good pubs around here.

    Thank you.
    Last edited by tzfujimino; 11-Apr-2008 at 07:39.


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    Re: several/some

    They are very much the same - the difference is the context in which you might say one more than the other:

    a. I know some good pubs around here.

    Say two male friends are taking a walk. One comments that this particular area might be a nice place to live. The other agrees, and adds that "I know some good pubs around here', meaning yes, I know the area well and a further desirable feature/attraction of the area is that it has some good pubs!

    b. I know several good pubs around here?

    HE: Can you suggest a pub that does a good counter lunch?
    SHE: Well, I know several good pubs around here (that you could choose from).

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    #3

    Thank you as always, David!

    So, you mean...

    a. I know some good pubs around here.

    indicates the speaker doesn't have any specific pubs in mind.
    He might or might not know where the pub is, but he knows there are some.
    The speaker seems kind of ambiguous.

    b. I know several good pubs around here.

    shows the speaker has some specific pubs in mind, and he/she can
    name the pubs, from which the listener can choose.

    Please correct me if I've misunderstood you.

    Thank you again, David.

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