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"Some" is a form of "some", an adjective which is often translated as "algún". "All" is an adjective which is often translated as "todo". Learn more about the difference between "all" and "some" below.
all(
al
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
adjective
1. (the total amount of)
a. todo
I dumped out all the water in the kiddie pool.Tiré toda el agua de la piscinita.
2. (each and every one of)
a. todos
All my friends are here with me.Todos mis amigos están aquí conmigo.
3. (any)
a. alguno
He denied all interest in running the race.Negó tener interés alguno en participar en la carrera.
4. (nothing but)
a. puro
That shirt is all silk.Esa camisa es de pura seda.
A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
pronoun
5. (the total amount)
a. todo (masculine)
There isn't any glue left. Did you use it all?No queda pegamento. ¿Lo usaste todo?
b. toda (feminine)
And the soup? - Sorry, I ate it all.¿Y la sopa? - Lo siento, me la comí toda.
6. (each and every one)
a. todos (masculine)
There was graffiti saying, "Liberty and justice for all."Había una pintada que decía: "Libertad y justicia para todos".
b. todas (feminine)
Don't worry, ladies, there's plenty for all. No need to push.No se preocupen, señoras, hay suficiente para todas. No hace falta empujar.
c.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I proved that all of you were lying.He probado que todos estaban mintiendo.
The child picked up all of his toys from the floor.El niño recogió todos sus juguetes del suelo.
7. (the only thing)
a. lo único que
All I want is peace and quiet.Lo único que quiero es paz y tranquilidad.
b. todo lo que
All you have to do is put the pizza in the oven and eat it.Todo lo que tienes que hacer es meter la pizza en el horno y comértela.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
adverb
8. (entirely)
a. todo
The floor is all clean now.Ahora el suelo está todo limpio.
b. por completo
Are you all finished?¿Ya terminaste por completo?
9. (sport)
a. empatado
The match finished three-all after 90 minutes.El partido acabó empatados a tres tras 90 minutos.
b. iguales (tennis)
The score was 15-all.El marcador era 15 iguales.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
noun
10. (effort)
a. el todo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(M)
He gave his all for the cause.Le dio el todo a la causa.
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some(
suhm
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
adjective
1. (an undefined amount of)
a. algún (with a masculine singular noun)
I have some time tomorrow if you want to discuss the proposal.Tengo algún tiempo mañana si quieres hablar de la propuesta.
b. alguna (with a feminine singular noun)
We need some idea of how many people might come.Necesitamos alguna idea de cuánta gente vendrá.
c. algunos (with a masculine plural noun)
I saw some shoes at the store that I liked but I wasn't sure about any of them.Vi algunos zapatos que me gustaron en la tienda pero nada que me convenció.
d. algunas (with a feminine plural noun)
We had some bottles of wine left over from the party if you want to take them home.Nos sobraron algunas botellas de vino de la fiesta si quieren llevárselas a casa.
e. unos (with a plural masculine noun)
I read some pretty interesting articles on the financial crisis.Leí unos artículos bastante interesantes sobre la crisis financiera.
f. unas (with a plural feminine noun)
I need some new glasses.Necesito unas gafas nuevas.
g. algo de (with an uncountable noun)
I have some milk left in the fridge.Me queda algo de leche en la nevera.
2. (a considerable amount of)
a. bastante
There was still some distance to go before we reached land.Aún quedaba bastante distancia para recorrer antes de atracar.
3. (for emphasis)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
She raised six children on her own. - That's some achievement!Ella sola crió a seis hijos. - ¡Qué logro!
That was some show you put on.Vaya que ese show que hiciste estuvo bueno.
4. (used ironically)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
My girlfriend stole my car. - Some friend she turned out to be!Mi novia me robó el coche. - ¡Qué buena amiga resultó ser!
We only get five vacation days a year? Some benefits this job has!¿Solo recibimos cinco días de vacaciones en un año? ¡Vaya beneficios que tiene este trabajo!
A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
pronoun
5. (a small amount)
a. un poco
I made fish for dinner. Would you like to try some to see if you like it?Preparé pescado para la cena. ¿Quieres probar un poco a ver si te gusta?
6. (an undefined number of people)
a. algunos (masculine or mixed gender) (plural)
Some say that Eric is responsible for the robbery.Algunos dicen que Eric es responsable del robo.
b. algunas (feminine) (plural)
Are all your friends going on the march? - Some, not all.¿Irán todas tus amigas a la marcha? - Algunas, no todas.
c. unos (masculine or mixed gender) (plural)
Are any of the neighbors planning Christmas parties? - There are some who have been working on it.¿Hay vecinos que están planeando fiestas navideñas? - Unos sí han estado trabajando en eso.
d. unas (feminine) (plural)
I thought all my friends were on Instagram, but some aren't.Pensé que todas mis amigas estaban en Instagram, pero hay unas que no.
7. (an undefined amount)
a. algunos (masculine or mixed gender) (plural)
Some of the glasses were broken when I opened the box.Algunos de los vasos estaban rotos cuando abrí la caja.
b. algunas (feminine) (plural)
Some of the strawberries have gone bad already.Algunas de las fresas ya están pasadas.
c. unos pocos (masculine or mixed gender) (plural)
I don't have any beans left. - I can give you some.No me quedan frijoles. - Yo te puedo dar unos pocos.
d. unas pocas (feminine) (plural)
We have too many apples this year. Would you like some?Nos sobran manzanas este año. ¿Quieres unas pocas?
e.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I don't have any money. Can you lend me some?No tengo dinero. ¿Me prestas?
Some of the book was interesting, but mostly it was boring.Partes del libro eran interesantes, pero mayormente fue aburrido.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
adverb
8. (approximately)
a. unos
Some 200 people lost their lives in the train derailment.Unas 200 personas fallecieron en el descarrilamiento del tren.
9. (a little)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. un poco
I need to rest some before we go out tonight.Necesito descansar un poco antes de que salgamos esta noche.
b. un ratito (when referring to time)
We chatted some, then I made dinner.Platicamos un ratito, luego preparé la cena.
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