It can mean "quite a lot", as Rover KE says - "quite some time".
It can also be used as an intensifier meaning more or less "considerable, pretty" - "quite some big money" = "a considerable sum of money" for instance, "quite some good" = "pretty good".
At least that's my opinion.
I don't think "quite some big money" nor "quite some good" are idiomatic sentences.
They may be or not be idiomatic, but that's the only meaning I can read from them.
Understandable doesn't necessarily equal correct. Have you actually seen these as examples of genuine English or have you made them up? If you think they're acceptable English then please provide some complete sentences as examples.
I think there may be some colloquial usage meaning impressive, as in: "That's quite some car you've got there"
See my edited post above yours. Don't you agree?
What is the meaning of "quite some"? Does this mean few, many or something else?
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It would be a great help if soede would give some context.
Otherwise we end up speculating and indeed inventing implausible sentences using this expression.
Hello soede, and welcome to WordReference.
Context is important
I saw one sentence as " Quite
somea lot/a few of you have an HLO diploma and are considering toworking as atechnicians for some time after finishing the Msc[/S]MSc".
Thanks every body!
The use of quite some in that sentence is not idiomatic, and indeed other aspects of the sentence are strange too.I saw one sentence as " Quite some of you have a HLO diploma and consider to work as a technician for some time after finishing Msc".
Thanks every body!
The original sentence is riddled with errors.
The use of quite some in that sentence is not idiomatic, and indeed other aspects of the sentence are strange too.
In the British National Corpus, for example, most examples of quite some are quite some time, others are quite some distance. If you replace quite some with a considerable, the meaning should be clear.
If the sentence does not make sense when you do that, it's likely that quite some is not being used properly.
Does this mean "quite some" doesn't exist or something else?