I read the usage of "somewhere, something, somebody & someone" on Cambridge and it says that those words can be used to describe general people & things. But all the example they give uses singular verb (i.e. verbs with s/es). Can those 4 words be used to refer to many unknown/general things, such as in this sentence:

The ghost costume looks like something from a horror movie.

  • What are the "multiple things" in your example? (All the nouns you've used there are singular.)
    – Lawrence
    Apr 25, 2020 at 11:00
  • Please add a link so that we can examine 'Cambridge''s exact words. It's probably just 'A uses 'somewhere' to refer to one unnamed (or unknown or even imaginary) place (perhaps in Africa), while B uses it to refer to another (perhaps in the Arctic). Unnamed places. Apr 25, 2020 at 11:05

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You have not fully understood what the dictionary is saying.

“I saw you somewhere in France.”

Somewhere is a singular noun and an adverb:

“I saw you somewhere (adv.) in France.” = at an unknown/unspecified place.

“The ship has come from somewhere (n.) and is going to somewhere(n.) = an unknown/unspecified place.

The plural of “somewhere(n.)” is “some places”. - two words   “The ship has come from some places in Africa.”

“The battles were fought at some places in France.”

Something is a singular noun:

“Something(n.) is making a noise.” / “I need something(n.) to write with.” = an unknown/unspecified thing /object.

The plural of “something (n.) is “some things” – two words

“I will put some things into the attic.”

Somebody and someone are nouns:

Somebody(n.) / Someone(n.) is making a noise.” / “I need somebody(n.)/ someone(n.) to help me.” = an unknown/unspecified person.

The plural of “somebody (n.) / someone(n.) is “some people” – two words

Some people are making a noise.” / “I need some people to help me.”

  • Some of those actually can be turned into plurals in the right context: There were two twenty-somethings walking down the street. In fact, we would write it that way; we would not use twenty-some things. Or: Don't give me all the somewheres and wherefores, just tell me what you mean. But those are unusual uses of the words, treating them as countable nouns. Apr 25, 2020 at 13:17
  • Is "The ghost costumes look like something from a horror movie" acceptable?
    – Conrado
    Apr 25, 2020 at 17:57
  • Yes, it is. "... like something from ..." ≈ "like a group of items from". The plural (some things) would be wrong in this context, as "something" treats "all the ghost costumes" as one set/group. ++ If you want to avoid this: ""The ghost costumes look as if they came from a horror movie".
    – Greybeard
    Apr 25, 2020 at 21:04

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