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SOME, SOMEWHAT, SOMETHING

Some is an adjective, as, "Some water;" "Some brighter clime." Somewhat is an adverb, as, "He is somewhat better." "Somewhat" is occasionally used as a noun, as, "Somewhat of doubt remains," but in this sense something is more common.

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Some.

Some is properly used in the sense of about, approximately, as, "I have known him some twenty years." As an adverb meaning a little, somewhat, it is said to be Scottish, and northern dialect in England. It is said to be allowable with verbs meaning a certain amount, a little, as, "He hunted some, and fished some." In the sense of somewhat, as, "I am some better," it is called an Americanism by British dictionaries and colloquial by American dictionaries. Its emphatic use as adverb and adjective was colloquial in the middle of the last century, but has lately had much vogue as slang.
Something.

Something was formerly much used adverbially, meaning to some extent, somewhat. Nowadays, however, it is seldom used in this sense except where it is felt to have some force as a noun, as, "We ran the whole distance in something less than an hour."

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