There have been confusion with the use of ‘something and some things’ in sentences. These words have different meaning and even spelt differently. Something refers to whatever that is unknown or non-specific. It is applicable when the objects or whatever is being referred to is not known. Consider these sentences: 1. Something is moving round the house, it might be a ghost. 2. I returned to drop something but I forgot the thing. 3. The student has something in his mind that he is not willing to disclose. 4. Don’t neglect the valuable for something else. 5. Is there something between you? 6. Somethings are left secret.
In the sentences above, something does not refer to a particular object or person. It needs to be figured out to ascertain what it is.
Some things, however, is used differently. 1. I want to figure out some things I can do to help. 2. I have some things to do with it. 3. I must give her some thing valuable as a gift. “Some” in the sentences above is a quantifier, which is, assigning numbers or values. It is therefore an example of adjective of numbers. Other examples in this category are few, several, many etc. Also, ‘things’ in the two sentences can be replaced with experiments and work respectively, as in: 1. I want to figure out some experiment that I can do to help. 2. I have some work to do with it. To round up, something refers to whatever that is unknown while some things refers to what is known.