English: is some singular or plural?

Tutoring English, new ways to see familiar words can be interesting. The tutor brings up the case of some.

I would have said, spontaneously, that some is plural:

We bought some pens.

However, I got schooled by a handbook today:

Some wine is sweet.

We bought some sugar.

On the other hand:

Some wines are sweet.

We bought some flowers.

Apparently, some is singular when it describes a singular noun, but when describing a plural noun, some is plural.


Hodges, Horner et al. Harbrace Handbook for Canadians. Scarborough: Nelson Education, 2003.

Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.

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