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    Verb usage with the word "some"

    When the word "some" is used as a adjective, is it followed by a singular or plural verb?

    Example: While some new computers and equipment was purchased for the building, most of it needed to be relocated.

    Should the verb be "was" or "were"?

    Also, with some, should the pronoun be "it" or "them"?

    How should the sentence correctly be written?



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    Re: Verb usage with the word "some"

    If the noun's countable - plural: 'some people were ...'
    If the noun's not countable - singular: 'some sugar was...'

    The choice between singular and plural makes it clear whether a noun's being treated as countable or not:

    'some cake was...' => 'a quantity of cake'
    'some cakes were...' => individual cakes


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