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I came across the expression

... some is controversial, and some is my opinions.

Is this correct? I wonder if “... some are my opinions” might be more correct.

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Where did you "come across" this expression? Your alternative might be "more correct" in the general sense, but I could see a writer deliberately using the original for several reasons: to sound colloquial, to be deliberately jarring, to be comical, to force parallelism, etc. (I will gladly reverse my downvote if you provide some contextual background as an edit to your question.) –  J.R. Nov 27 '12 at 10:46

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Both clauses can be used correctly and are grammatical in the proper context:

The content of this book is mixed: some is controversial, and some is my opinions.

In both cases, "some" functions as a pronoun that refers to a part of the content: "Some of the content is controversial, and some of the content is my opinions". Neither sentence is elegant, but that's a style problem and not a grammatical problem.

English isn't always pretty. <:-(

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"...some is my opinion" would make it slightly more elegant though. +1; I shan't complete the answer I was writing as this says the same thing. –  Andrew Leach Nov 27 '12 at 7:59
    
@Andrew Leach: Yes, you're quite right that the singular would make it more elegant. I didn't think of that. Excellent point. –  user21497 Nov 27 '12 at 8:03
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"English isn't always pretty" should be the site's subtitle. –  StoneyB Nov 27 '12 at 9:03

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