A positive object is where we seek to assert or acquire something for ourselves.
This means something quite different from the military idea of occupying territory, for the sea cannot be the subject of political dominion or ownership.
In the old squadronal instructions, "The transports of the enemy are to be your principal object," became something like a common form.
But this idea was abandoned before it had gone very far for something much more subtle.
A negative object is where we seek to deny the enemy somethingor prevent his gaining something.
The men of the old wars knew that when a squadron is attached to a combined expedition it is something different from a purely naval unit.
A negative object is where we seek to deny the enemy something or prevent his gaining something.
The fleet sailed for Coruña, where it was known the Armada, after an abortive start from Lisbon, had been driven by bad weather, and something like what the Government feared happened.
They must know whether they are expected to take something from the enemy, or to prevent his taking something either from us or from some other State.
So fortunate, however, was the geographical conformation of the theatre that by promptitude and the bold use of an uncommanded sea it could be reduced to something far more correct.
But something he will attain, if he continues to aim high.
They must always do something else, always a hundred other things first, always save and spare and patch and contrive; there was never time to do the thing she longed for most.
Always the path winds and returns, and even in the moment of gaining something, there is something lost.
Then something flashed in the image, somethingas if the features had caught fire and burned.
After covering seventeen miles, she realized that she never could do it; so she turned around and walked back, and entering the house of an acquaintance in Port Huron asked for something to eat.
Something of the Emersonian striving after individual attainment plus the passionate sympathy of Heath is found in a remarkable book, which is too good to have obtained a popular hearing, entitled "The Story of My Heart.
The words smote her ears like something hot and stinging: "You know I am one of the three accusers (the other two are Ascheri and Molas) who figure in the trial.
To defend it, to maintain that there was something else in it, was equivalent to pleading for the life of the King before the convention!
But that is the man we love: who has somethingin him superior to the judgments of men; who holds steadfast--steadfast even in persecution, even to death.
He took off his glasses, laid them on the folded paper, and saying something to himself about resting his eyes, fell fast asleep too.
I gave one last hopeless glance around, and saw something large and dark in front.
As Dick was hiding his face in his hands and thinking these sad things, he felt something very soft rubbing gently against his neck, which was close to the hard cold stone step, and he heard a pleasant sound at his ear.
I settled upon something far nicer now than either sugar or cream.
Come, I will go and get something for us both to eat.
But, as I was on the way to it, I had to pass a pot of something which had a better smell than what she was then eating.
And he often noticed them grouped in isolated places and conversing in low, eager tones that proved "something was up.
Why--unless something had occurred that rendered their marriage impossible?
As Louise held it in her hand something induced her to turn it over.
Every person who lives is dependent on some other person for something or other, and I'll not allow you to make a fool of yourself by refusing to let me take you in hand.
He may know something of his father's former associates that will enable us to determine the object of the murder and who accomplished it.
If a man turns a corner and sees something that stimulates him into writing a world-shaking manifesto, the high-order variable would have started when he decided to turn the corner instead of going the other way.
Something was missing somewhere, some vast gap in his knowledge, something of which he simply was not aware.
When we deceive a person, we do it by saying or doingsomething to give him a false impression, or to make him suppose that something is true which is not true.
Did you see the man who was kneeling at the foot of the steps of the altar while the priest was performing, and who brought two little silver vessels, out of which he poured something into the priest's cup?
The man shut the gate after them, and then began to say something to them, very fluently and earnestly, pointing at the same time to a door which opened upon a gallery that extended along the wall of a tower near by.
They did not understand what he said; but his action showed that he was taking up a contribution, for something or other, from the visitors who came to see the church.
The woman called to a man who was then just coming down out of the garden, and said something to him in German.
That was concealing somethingfrom you," said Mr. George, "not deceiving you.
I never heard of raising trees before," said Rollo, "except apple trees, or something like that.
There was only something to be done for them; and so long as it was done, and done properly, they standing by and consenting, it was not of much consequence whether they could see and hear or not.
But there was a man who asked us something in German; but we could see it all just as well without going in; so we said Nein, which means no.
Very often something is left out of the account which ought to be taken in and calculated for, and that is the case here.
There seemed to be something a little like artifice in thus prolonging his absence in order to make his uncle think that he had gone farther down the river than he had been.
I then said I thought there was something in the note that boded no good to me, and I did not intend to give it to him.
Let not the man who cannot reconcile his sympathies in the American struggle with his convictions on the question of slavery pooh-pooh this as an extravagant fancy picture of something that never can occur.
Waiting my opportunity, I saw three men leave the house, and judging there then only remained women, I went up and asked if they would please to give me something to eat.
Towards morning I saw a farm-house, and being hungry I resolved to venture to ask for something to eat.
The English hunting seat is, in point of length, the medium of those mentioned; and perhaps that seat, or something between that and the military seat, is the best adapted to common riding.
He was looking at it when he saw something which made him drop the fish on the deck.
Something like a winged white flame escaped from it, and flew hissing through the air to the sun.
I've lost somethingmuch more serious, I've lost my reputation.
And something tells me that it is time to let him feel your staff.
This is unanswerable, and there's something tells me I err in my opinion.
Though it has not the atmosphere of Massinger, it has something of the mellow graciousness at which he, like Fletcher, aimed.
It might also be said that Greek tragedy is limited, and the statement is true of all our Elizabethan playwrights; yet we return to them again and again, for they have something to give us which we cannot do without.
They put aside the calls of culture and pleasure, and the natural ambition to do something in the world before they were abolished by death.
Later on, however, Pedro has an intuition that the slave is other than he seems to be: "I do see something in this fellow's face still That ties my heart fast to him.
Doubtless, it is natural to wish that each play of Shakspere should excel its predecessor, and to be unwilling to confess that he ended his career withsomething that was not supremely excellent.
It will be said that there are scenes which remind us of Lady Macbeth and Ophelia; why should not an already existing play have suggested to Shakspere something which he worked up in those two characters into a far finer result?
We laugh less, but we admire more, for we feel that we are seeing something transacted which might have happened.
I am full of thoughts, And something there is here I must give form to, Though yet an embryon.
There is something slight and unsubstantial about the whole thing, while the metre is continually careless and lame.
But it is better to take things as we find them than to seek to twist them into something else on inadequate grounds.
Written over something of which the first words are "in a," the last word "king.
Something that You dearly may repent; howe'er you scorn me, The slave may prove your master.
And yet we think your countrymen could wish you had used this poor enthusiast's folly as something else than a mere lesson in economy.
Lose no time; be always employed in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
Young Benjamin was open to every influence about him, and something of the large and immovable tolerance of his nature may have been caught from old Peter Folger, his grandfather.
Naturally in so large a family, where the means of support were so slender, young Benjamin had to get most of his education outside of the schoolroom, andsomething of this practical unscholastic training clung to his mind always.
And there is something eminently fit in the fact that this lurking mystery of the heavens was finally exploded by Dr.
He even saw something of the ways of Grub Street through his friend Ralph, who had come with him from Philadelphia.
This was no satisfaction; there must besomething more.
In Latin he had had a year's instruction at school, and later in life he dabbled a little in that language; but his knowledge of the classics was always superficial, and he seems to have entertained something like a spite against them.
It was a shady easy-going place, with pleasant gardens about the houses, and something of Quaker repose and substantial thrift lent a charm to its busy life.
Danger is a good thing for giving a fillip to a man's ideas; but even danger, to us, must come recommended by something useful.
Something of this it may be to our old friends in harness.
But some have given the bar, lately, a surreptitious squeeze in the middle, and flattened it a little into something obliquely resembling an inconvenient seat.
There is something worth looking at in the pair of horses, with that sparkling pole of steel laid across them.
He was a voice and nothing else; but any difference is something in a watchman.
If any of the four-in-hand gentry go by, he shakes his head, and thinks they might find something better to do.
But, till something of the kind be really done, the thing certainly wears an unfavourable aspect.
Come, Pistol, utter more to me; and, withal, devise something to do thyself good.
The dower of this gentlewoman established the house of Falstaff--for some months at any rate--in a position of something like comfort and solvency.
But time and the publishers say something to me,--namely, that I have no business to trouble myself with writing the History of England in these pages, at all events except so far as it concerns Sir John Falstaff.
He administered to his father's literary effects by tying them up in a bundle, and disposing of them for something under the cost price of the vellum to a Lombard broker in the city of London.
For a few brief hours Sir John Falstaff really ranked, in the popular estimation, as the most influential subject in the realm (and that distinction, however briefly enjoyed, is something for a man to look back to with satisfaction!
My lord, I was born about three of the clock in the afternoon, with a white head, and something a round belly.
Bardolph was very well in his way; but his way was not an enlivening one, at the best of times; he so rarely opened his mouth, except to put something into it.
He was busy picking up something in the mud--which he carefully pocketed, dirt and all.
The latter hypothesis is, indeed, based on something more than conjecture, and may be considered proved by certain important omissions in the chronicles of the time.
Thus incapacitated from further service in the field, he resolved to devote himself to the improvement of his estate--which, to be sure, stood in need of something of the kind.
Scarcely does a year elapse in the chronicles, in which he did not perform something great and advantageous to his country; in which he did not build some new monastery.
Wherefore the emperor contemplating his sagacity and courage, which promised something great, was inclined to detain him.
Nor had they recourse to their customary practice of a flying battle, but throwing down their bows, they manifested, by a flight of three successive days, something greater than mere human apprehension.
On the fourth day since my departure from the ship, I thought I perceived something at a distance; I looked at it intently--it was a sail.
As the Irish do something besides misuse shall, the Doctor should have said that they continually use shall for will.
Here the new clause issomething independent added to the previous clause, and not limiting that clause in any way.
If they have not an uneasy subconsciousness that their cause is weak, they would, at least, do well in eschewing the violence to which, for want of something better, the advocates of weak causes proverbially resort.
Ability supposes something done; something by which the mental power is exercised in executing, or performing, what has been perceived by the capacity.
Participating, then, in the physical influences of a southern climate, we have contracted something of the more distinct articulation that belongs to a dry atmosphere and a clear sky.
The sense that somethingis wanting appears to have led many writers to use indicative forms where the subjunctive might be expected.
The above list will hopefully give you a few useful examples demonstrating the appropriate usage of "something" in a variety of sentences. We hope that you will now be able to make sentences using this word.