“What are some of the good releases this summer?”
“I think one of the best books is a book called ‘Into Thin Air’ by John Krakauer. “

Some’ seems to be plural, for there is ‘are.’ While the answerer says a single pronoun, one. Does ‘some’ have the meaning of ‘more than or equal to one’? Or does the answerer ignores the question’s number and initiate his own words?

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    Your second assumption seems correct. The responder ignores the request for more than one book, answering with only a single book. Commented Aug 19, 2014 at 22:44
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    It is a cooperative response, though.
    – user230
    Commented Aug 20, 2014 at 1:02
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    Think of it this way: The asker may be asking a group of students this question and while each student might supply a single answer, the group may collectively provide several (or some) answers. Also, you should read the answer above with some emphasis on one which makes it clear the answerer understand you asked for some and what they are providing is just one of the potential items in the list.
    – Jim
    Commented Aug 20, 2014 at 4:23
  • If the answerer has to adjust to the number in the question, he would be unable to answer if the answer involves a single item. (Or vice versa: Which one of you did this? We did it together!) There is absolutely no reason why someone would feel he should not give a useful answer just because of some grammatical rule - and there is not even such a rule!
    – oerkelens
    Commented Aug 20, 2014 at 6:03

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Let's take another example:

What are some of the good movies getting released in coming 2 months?

Of course, the asker is interested in more than one movies as you guessed it correctly by the word are.

[Not sure about other movies but..] one of the good movies I think coming is Expendables.

The answerer simply tells his opinion that one of the... is what he thinks is a good-watch.

So to answer, some here has more than one meaning which the answerer does not seem to ignore by giving his/er humble opinion.

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