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    possessive form for "some" as a pronoun

    Dear All:

    "One" is often used as a pronoun referring to the aforementioned noun,
    and its possessive form is _one's_.
    When "some" is used as a pronoun, I wonder whether it has a possessive form as _some's_ or _of some_.

    I did not find such usage in the dictionaries and usage books I
    consulted. So there is no such usage?


    Thank you.

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    Re: possessive form for "some" as a pronoun

    Quote Originally Posted by outofdejavu View Post
    Dear All:

    "One" is often used as a pronoun referring to the aforementioned noun,
    and its possessive form is _one's_.
    When "some" is used as a pronoun, I wonder whether it has a possessive form as _some's_ or _of some_. No, there is no such word as "some's".
    If you are talking about people's cars, for example, you can say "the cars of some' or 'some of their cars'. However, 'the cars of some' and 'some of their cars' have different meanings.

    I did not find such usage in the dictionaries and usage books I
    consulted. So there is no such usage?


    Thank you.
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    Re: possessive form for "some" as a pronoun

    One should be polite = a person should be polite
    and
    "If one reserved one's politeness for those one respected, one would soon reap the loathing of all mankind."
    (Madame de Pompadour)
    compare

    some people are rude....
    and
    some people's rudeness....(It is the noun that is qualified by 'some' that takes the possessive form.)
    Last edited by David L.; 27-Aug-2008 at 09:39.

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