In alt.usage.english, on Thu, 4 Mar 2021 01:15:28 -0800 (PST), Yurui Liu
Mark Brader ? 2021?3?4? ?????11:56:18 [UTC+8] ??????
Post by Yurui Liu
In the following sentence, is it natural to use "some" to mean
"some ice cream"?.
Look! There's an ice cream vendor over there. Let's buy some.
Someone objects to it, saying, "It would make much more sense syntactically,
and idiomatically, as 'Theres a guy over there selling ice cream. Lets get some!'."
I thought of that, but the relationship in your first sentence at the
top is so obvious that it's fine. In your own example, the some does
not refer to anything previously mentioned, as it often does. It's
short for some ice cream. (Is that called an elipsis here?)
Look! There's a car wash over there. There must be some inside.
Could "some" be used naturally to mean "some cars" here?
No. I don't know why this one's no good. Maybe because sometimes they
are empty. But an ice cream without ice cream is not worth mentioning.
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Please say where you live, or what
area's English you are asking about.
So your question or answer makes sense.
I have lived all my life in the USA,
Western Pa. Indianapolis, Chicago,