I wrote:

In this window, [some?] dynamic properties such as color, font name, font weight and [some?] calculated values such as link density, text length, text density are provided in addition to the element’s static attributes such as ID, class and name.

Do I need to or can I use the "some"s (shown in brackets)?

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    In my opinion, you need at least the first instance of some unless you want the implication that all dynamic properties are provided (to me, that would be the default interpretation without some, but opinions may differ). You don't really need to repeat it in the second position, since it would be contextually unlikely a reader would assume all calculated values are also provided. Sep 19, 2015 at 17:35
  • You can use some but you have to use both or none.
    – Ray Fang
    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:41
  • In my opinion , you can use the first some , but the second one looks strange to me .
    – Arshia
    May 8, 2016 at 13:32
  • I don't like the verb "provided" there. Does the window provide these attributes? Or does it show|display them?
    – TimR
    Dec 19, 2016 at 13:57
  • To add an opinion differing from that of @FumbleFingers: Even if you don't use "some", you won't necessarily imply that all dynamic properties are provided. But it depends on the context, specifically: Is this the kind of situation in which there's only one place where these properties are provided? If so, it means "all". If not, it doesn't have to. Jul 4, 2017 at 21:49

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Two examples of "such as" in a sentence, from the Cambridge dictionary, don't use "some." It doesn't flow as easily and tends to sound not so much like a redundancy but like a word or phrase which in common usage is left out but is understood or implied.


I would say that you typically don't need to use some in front of words and phrases that are fallowed by such as.


The Roman alphabet is used in many modern languages such as French, English and German.

Why is that true? I think it's because when we're talking about some of something, we imply that there is still some more of it left that we decided not to include in the group that we're interested in considering. So, some dynamic properties such as implies that there are other properties in the whole list of all available properties not explicitly mentioned that are not provided in addition to blah blah blah.

I'm not sure if my explanation makes perfect sense.

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