I have the following sentence

the user specifies some anchors by selecting some elements of the page.

Is it an alternative to avoid repeating "some"?

  • 1
    "Some" is not informative and is unnecessary. "By selecting elements on the page, the user is (indirectly) specifying anchors." Does the user know about anchors, or are anchors "behind the scenes", an implementation detail of which the user is unaware?
    – TimR
    Jun 21, 2015 at 20:42
  • @TRomano user knows about anchors, After selecting an element by mouse, right clicks and in a context-menu selects "Create Anchor"....
    – Ahmad
    Jun 22, 2015 at 6:31

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You can always avoid repetition by searching synonyms. If you're talking about a small quantity here, synonyms for some are a few, several,... Just be careful that introducing the synonym does not alter the meaning of the sentence.

In your case you could say, for example:

  • The user specifies several anchors by selecting some elements of the page.
  • The user specifies some anchors by selecting a few elements of the page.
  • Good, however you know they are corresponded! I mean for each anchor an element is needed, then I wasn't sure how to convey this correspondence. The first sentence seems promising.
    – Ahmad
    Jun 21, 2015 at 20:13
  • The act of specifying ... anchors is already linked to selecting ... elements through the use of the word by. The words some, several, a few only modify the amount of the noun that they refer to.
    – Vlammuh
    Jun 21, 2015 at 20:15

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