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ADJECTIVES Some

Some, being frequently used with numeral adjectives qualifying nouns of time, as "some sixteen months" (T. G. of V. iv. 1. 21), is also found, by association, with a singular noun of time.

“Some hour before you took me.

“I would detain you here some month or two.

“Some day or two.

It would seem that in such expressions "some" has acquired an adverbial usage, as in the provincialisms, "It is some late," "Five mile or some" (MÄTZNER, ii. 253). Compare

“I think 'tis now some seven o'clock.

"Sum" is, however, found in Early English and Anglo-Saxon in the sense of "a certain." Compare A.-S. "Sum jungling hym fyligde," Mark xiv. 51. So Wickliffe, where A. V. has "A certain young man followed him." "Other-some" (M. N. D. i. 1. 226), see p. 6.

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