three launches, <some> crashing on the launchpad.

SuprunP

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As head of the program, he had overseen the first three launches of the Thor Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (ICBM). To his dismay, every one of them failed for technical reasons, some crashing on the launchpad.
(How Good People Make Tough Choices; R. M. Kidder)

Would you be so kind as to tell me whether 'some' means 'two' here?

Thanks.
 
  • Loob

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    English UK
    Probably, Suprun! (I agree with you, it's a strange choice of word....)
     

    VicNicSor

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    He oversaw the first three launches only. But there were other ones. They all failed, some -- on the launchpad.

    Maybe that's what was meant.
     
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