Reply Tue 29 Sep, 2015 04:52 am
Could I use 'some' after the number?

-This will explain thirty-some various circumstances than the theory John suggests will do.

My difficulty: 'thirty-some' sounds all right, but 'two-some', 'three-some', etc. don't. I think when the number has more than one syllable, it would sound OK, but I'm not sure whether sounding OK is grammatically OK.
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Reply Tue 29 Sep, 2015 04:59 am
The question is not how many syllables the number has, but whether or not is is in multiples of ten. Twenty-some or thirty-some work because it might be a number a little less than 20 or 30, or a little more than 20 or 30--19, or 22, or 31. This would obviously not apply to two or three, or any number less than 20.

Twosome and threesome are words in English. They mean, respectively, a party of two people and a party of three people. "Bob and Nancy showed up at the party together, and left together--they were definitely acting like a twosome." "Harry, Bill and Jack all ran into one another in the parking lot of the golf club, and decided to make up a threesome to play nine holes together." I've seen foursome used in the same way, but i don't think "fivesome" or "sixsome" would work--they would sound awkward. (My spell check also underlines "fivesome" and "sixsome" as incorrect.)
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Reply Tue 29 Sep, 2015 05:07 am
Some online dictionaries go up to elevensome, "a group of eleven people or things". Also...

As I mentioned, Breaking Clean is the title of the first essay I wrote, a classroom assignment that required me to condense my thirty-some years of Montana experience into four pages.

The yatika announced us with fanfare, and we entered the main room, only to find it filled with thirty-some warriors.

My sweet, talented friend, Virginia, was born thirty-some years ago today.

In January, I scheduled an appointment with a local orthopedic specialist named Dr. Wack would I make this stuff up? and I told him I have a history with doctors with unusual names going back thirty-some years, when I had all my wisdom teeth removed by Dr. Payne.

Forbes: So you would say that the ideal of mutual funds has shifted over the last thirty-some years since you started Vanguard.

Eventually, an E. coli O145 outbreak was announced that has been linked to Freshway Foods, Andrew Smith and a Yuma Farm and thirty-some illnesses in Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, New York and Pennsylvania.

We learned they were a breed developed over thirty-some years by Sir John Sebright of England in the early 1800's.

Under the outside deck are thirty-some surfboards in all shapes and sizes.

Why hadn't Lockjaw [a dog in the Fantastic Four comic] said a word in the past thirty-some years?

We know He died on the Cross in Jerusalem thirty-some years after His birth.
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Reply Tue 29 Sep, 2015 06:15 am
This will explain thirty-some various circumstances than the theory John suggests will do.

In this sentence, "thirty-some" means a number somewhere in the 30's. (from 31 - 39. ) It's not specific. It just means to show that there were various options other than John's theory - over 30 in number, in fact.
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Tes yeux noirs
Reply Tue 29 Sep, 2015 06:37 am
This will explain thirty-some various circumstances than the theory John suggests will do.

This does not make any sense. "This" will explain... what? Approximately thirty more circumstances? Thirty times as many?
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Reply Mon 5 Oct, 2015 05:06 am
Excellent answers.

Thank you.
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