Talk:some

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Determiner, example 6[edit]

Well, at least some came. You can only justify an analysis of "some" as determiner here, if you assume an ellipsis ("some people came"). This would border to poetic license, I guess. Thus "some" needs to be an w:indefinite pronoun in this case! --134.96.164.108 14:06, 4 November 2009 (UTC)

Thanks for noticing. For now, I have removed the example, because it is at least confusing as the sole example. I believe that what the example contained an illustration of what grammarians call a "fused head" construction. The specific variety using "some" is discussed on page 414 of the CGEL.

I am not sure that the sense is really distinct from the others, though its addition probably indicates intelligibility/clarity problems in the wording of the other senses. I actually think of "some" as meaning at least two, probably because I would expect the past perfect to be "some have come", not *"some has come". I would think the use "at least one" to be deceptive. DCDuring TALK 16:59, 8 November 2009 (UTC)