A stand-alone sentence, 'I stayed some days' --- if 'some' in this sentence were restricted to meaning 'an unspecified number of,' which would it mean

  1. I stayed on days for a total of an unspecified number of days, or
  2. I stayed for an unspecified number of days straight


  • 1. The sentence, as written, looks ambiguous to me. 2. I'm having a hard time parsing "I stayed on days...." Did you mean "I stayed during the daytime for an unspecified number of days"? – Kevin Jun 13 at 7:52
  • Thanks, Kevin. I plain wanted to know whether the sentence means one or the other more likely. By 'days' I mean simple units on the calendar. Yes, right, it's vague. I'm a cognitive sematicist and I just wanted to know if either prevails in implicature by majority. – Sssamy Jun 13 at 8:15
  • I guess I just don't understand what on + [unit of time] is supposed to mean. I don't think I've ever seen that construction before. – Kevin Jun 13 at 8:20
  • I stayed on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. I stayed on three days. By extension, I thought of 'on some days.' I'm a non-native speaker. I would appreciate your input, Kevin. – Sssamy Jun 13 at 8:23
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    On + [determiner] + day(s) is fine (e.g. "some", "three", "any", "every", "the", etc.). But if you drop the determiner, I think it's ungrammatical. – Kevin Jun 13 at 8:25

In writing, I stayed some days is potentially ambiguous without context. In speech, if you meant on some days and not others you would put a stress on the word some.

It rained some days would probably be interpreted as on some days unless you included the word for.

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  • Thanks, Kate. So you would perceive 'on' there. You don't feel the sentence is a product of for-deletion, then. – Sssamy Jun 13 at 8:17

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