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Hi everybody,

Could you share with me your opinion about the difference in meaning btw certain and some in these sentences? Are certain and some interchangeable in these cases?

A.For some reason, he will not go there. (1)

= For certain reason, he will not go there. (2)

=For a certain reasons, he will not go there. (3) ?

B. Some man was there. (4)

= A certain man was there. (5) ?

C. Some Mr.Bean at the door is asking to see you.

= A certain Mr.Bean at the door is asking to see you. ?

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A.For some reason, he will not go there. (1) OK

= For certain reason, he will not go there. (2) No.

=For a certain reasons, he will not go there. (3) No.


For a certain reason / For certain reasons


These are not the same as For some reason.
For a certain (known) reason, but For some (unknown) reason ...
For a certain reason is not as commonly used.


B. Some man was there. (4) OK

= A certain man was there. (5) OK (4) = (5) yes

C. Some Mr.Bean at the door is asking to see you. No.

= A certain Mr.Bean at the door is asking to see you. OK. but "is at the door, asking to see you."

CJ
Thank you.

Does the phrase "A certain Mr. Bean" mean a particular Mr. Bean, not just any Mr. Bean who can be many in numbers?

Sorry, should I capitalize "A" there or use a lower case?
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lower case.

a certain Mr. Bean = a man who said he was Mr. Bean = a man called Mr. Bean = someone who goes by the name of Mr. Bean

a certain followed by a name is not a commonly used pattern.

CJ
Hi,

1/Please tell me the difference in meaning btw for some reason, for a certain reason and for certains reasons.

For some reason, he will not go there. (1)

= For a certain reason, he will not go there. (2)

=For certain reasons, he will not go there. (3) ?



2/ Why I can say Some man was there but I can't say Some Mr.Bean was there?

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CJ gave you the basic differences earlier in the thread (unknown/known), Quoc.

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For some reason, he will not go there. (1)
The reason is unknown to the speaker.


= For a certain reason, he will not go there. (2)
There is only one reason. The reason is known (but not stated).

=For certain reasons, he will not go there. (3)
There is more than one reason. The reasons are known (but not stated).



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Why I can say Some man was there but I can't say Some Mr.Bean was there?
Although it's theoretically possible that someone might say "some Mr. Bean", it would be unusual.


Saying "some man" is more typical and makes more sense because it would be used to refer to a man about whom the speaker knows absolutely nothing -- not even the name.
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Hi,

Although it's theoretically possible that someone might say "some Mr. Bean", it would be unusual.


Saying "some man" is more typical and makes more sense because it would be used to refer to a man about whom the speaker knows absolutely nothing -- not even the name.

It wouldn't be greatly unusual for Tom to say to Mary, 'While you were out, some Mr. Smith called for you'. Tom's use of 'some Mr. Smith' suggests, by its lack of specificness, that Tom does not consider the call, or the caller, important.

In a slightly more informal manner, Tom might say, 'Some guy called Smith called while you were out'.

Best wishes, Clive
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