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I don't know what should I say between "we are some" or "we are a few" in the sentence below. Also can both be said, if so please educate me on when should I use each ?

We are some in my department having two computers. or We are a few in my department having two computers.

I'm contacting an other company to purchase a software to manage my two computers with one mouse and one keyboard.

(I'm a French Quebecker, google failed me, so as my Antidote software) Thank you for the comments and the answer, I edited my questions to provide more context.

  • It looks like it should be something like "We are a few/some of those in my department..." – James Random Apr 14 '19 at 13:57
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    There's not enough context in your fragment to tell us exactly how you're trying to use few. Adjectivally, We [Scientologists] are few [and far between] in my department, having been subject to a purge on cult members last year. Or as a noun, There are a few of us here having / who have this problem. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Apr 14 '19 at 14:09
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    To me (and given that there is no full sentence) it sounds more likely that it should be There are (a few / some) of us in my department who are having . . . – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Apr 14 '19 at 14:11
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Neither of the given forms is correct. Correct forms that might convey the intended meaning might include:

Some of us in my department are having a problem.

A few of us in my department are having a problem.

There are a few of us in my department who are having a problem.

These have pretty much identical meaning and usage, except that "some" could mean more than a few, indeed could mean a majority of the department.

If the intent is to identify the people in the department who are effected, one could say

We are the ones in the department who are having a problem.

This goes better if adjacent speech indicates who "we" are.

John, Mark, and I are upset. We are the ones in the department who are having a problem.

Another possibility is:

We are among the few in the department who are having a problem.

This says that the problem is not widespread -- only a few have it, but that "we" are only a part of that few.

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  • I edited my question. Are the given forms still wrong, if so why ? Thank you. – CScienceSince2015 Apr 16 '19 at 23:51

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