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Why 'some' is used, not 'a'?

I was reading a dictionary for my kid but I can't get meaning of this sentence, "That is some house"? I'm wondering why 'some' is used, not 'a'?

Thank you.

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nmesomtoChukwu profile picture nmesomtoChukwu   

"Some" in that context is just an expression of amazement. Replacing "some" with synonyms according to the context the sentence becomes:
• That's an incredible house, Chips!
• That's a remarkable house, Chips!
• That's a striking house, Chips!
What a house, Chips!

Here's a link to the definition from a dictionary:
* Check the third definition.

Also, sometimes this sentence might be:

• That's one house, Chips!
In this sentence "one" isn't used to number the house but it's used in the same context as "some" in your question. 

    March 2019100% GOOD (7 votes)
  • avoceyemalincarmel profile picture avoceyemalincarmel   
    well explained It actually goes with the context.Excitement talking about something or sometimes when expressing pride.
    Eg:p1 oh you really know about dressing.
    p2: you want to see fashion check behind you.
    p1h geeeez that's some fashion.
      April 2019
  • nmesomtoChukwu profile picture nmesomtoChukwu   
    Not always. It's an informal expression, possibly why you haven't heard it.
      March 2019
  • MARYFE23 profile picture MARYFE23   
    nmesomtoChukwu, thank you.
    Does native always use 'some' for expression in speaking language? I hardly hear it in movies or I've just missed hearing it.
      March 2019
anton_maximov profile picture anton_maximov   
Hi, I will try to explain you this, if I am wrong , someone will correct me. "Some" in that particular sentence means that that same house mentioned in the previous phrase is just any house standing in any place of the world. There's nothing special in it, it's just as any house you can run into.
    March 201933% GOOD (2 votes)
  • exRanger profile picture exRanger   
    Not quite.... I refer the original question asker to the response provideed by nmesomtoChukwu -- his/her response is exactly correct. End of story.
      April 2019
  • MARYFE23 profile picture MARYFE23   
    Thank you, Creativeken. I like your explanation.^__^
      April 2019
  • Creativeken profile picture Creativeken   
    Actually anton_maximov isn't correct in this instance. I would like you to look at the house in question. The windows and doors and even the walls are not straight, aligned, or even built the right way. In this case the word "Some" was used as a filler, not as a means to harm the builder named "Chips" but to simply bring attention to how strange it looked... without saying it looked bad. People tend to use this expression in life when they see someone wearing shoes that look like lobsters or a sweater that looks like it has Santa on fire running through a kitchen.... both are strange and crazy... but it can be said without any ill regard or insult sent to the listener or owner of said shoes or sweater.
    In each of those regards you would say "Those are some shoes!" or "Wow... that is some sweater!"
      April 2019