Which one of the following would be correct?

  • Some likes ice-cream, some don't.
  • Some like ice-cream, some don't.

As of what I know, we use "likes" with singular words like "He, she" etc and we use "like" with plural words like "they" etc. However, I am confused about this one. What will we use with "some"?

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    Treat some as plural: "Some like ice cream ..." – Robusto Dec 14 '16 at 15:03

You should think of some as some people, who like or don't like things.

Some (people) like ice-cream, others don't.

Some is not used with a singular noun, we say "a boy, a man",etc. The word "people" is left out in your sentences, but if you put it after some, you will see that your first example is incorrect.

  • How would you explain this: "There is some guy at the gate." – SovereignSun Dec 14 '16 at 15:56
  • @SovereignSun That's different. Here we have several people in mind, whereas your example has another meaning of "a certain person", unknown to us. – V.V. Dec 14 '16 at 16:03
  • Some is used to refer to a particular person or thing without stating exactly which one: Some lucky person will win more than $1,000,000 in the competition – V.V. Dec 14 '16 at 16:10

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