Some vs. Some of

The difference between 'some' and 'some of' is too easy to learn. So let us start learning.

What Are Their Main Differences?

The main difference between 'some' and 'some of' is that 'some of' is followed by a noun phrase or pronoun.


Grammatical Functions

  • 'Some' is used as:
  1. a pronoun
  2. a determiner
  3. an adverb
  • The term 'some' in the phrase 'some of' is used as:

a pronoun because there is no noun immediately after it.

Would he like some lettuce? → determiner

"How many mangoes are left?" "I am not sure, some might be left." → pronoun

If it gets some colder, I am going to catch a cold. → adverb

Some of my classmates couldn't pass the exam. → pronoun

Following Terms

  • Some:

as a determiner is followed by noun phrases that are formed by one or two words.

  • Some of:

is followed by noun phrases that includes determiners, pronouns, or articles.

Some of us are not brave enough to quit our jobs.

Some of his books made a difference in my life.

Some dresses are made of cotton.

Some silk pillows were lying on the floor.

Now let us compare them through examples.

Some of the stores are closed today. (Not "Some the stores are closed today.")

Some of our smoking policies need to be renewed. (Not "Some our smoking policies need to be renewed.")

I had to buy some new shoes. (Not "I had to buy some of new shoes.")

When I arrived, I had some soup, and went to bed. (Not "When I arrived, I had some of soup, and I went to bed.")

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