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    Question somebody vs. someone

    Hi everyone

    What is the difference between: 'somebody' and 'someone'?

    Can somebody tell me what is the difference between them, with examples?

    Thanks

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    Default Re: somebody vs. someone

    Quote Originally Posted by borhan_3010 View Post
    Hi everyone

    What is the difference between: 'somebody' and 'someone'?

    Can somebody tell me what is the difference between them, with examples?

    Thanks
    Sometimes there's no difference, sometimes only one of them might be right. As always, context is important.

    Please post a few sentences using the two words and then we will comment.

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    Default Re: somebody vs. someone

    I would have said there's no difference. Maybe I'm just lacking imagination tonight.

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    Default Re: somebody vs. someone

    I am of the same opinion as Raymott. Let's see if we are wrong.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: somebody vs. someone

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    Borhan,

    (1) Until I read your question, I had always assumed that they were interchangeable.

    (2) I then did some googling, and I discovered that some native speakers see a

    difference.

    (3) When you get time, please google these words:

    Somebody someone difference.

    (4) You will get pages of results. In fact, the first result has many interesting comments.

    (5) I shall end my remarks by reporting what Linguist List (a scholarly website

    for linguists -- or grammarians) says:

    It conducted a study and found that:

    somebody seems to be favored for informal speech.

    someone seems to be favored in formal speech and writing.

    (This study was reported in a website called Language Log, November 10, 2009.)

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    Default Re: somebody vs. someone

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I would have said there's no difference. Maybe I'm just lacking imagination tonight.
    Please explain what you mean by this.

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    Default Re: somebody vs. someone

    I looked through some of the links Parser suggested. It seemed to me that nobody (no-one?) came up with any hard evidence that there is any real difference between the rwo words. Some people felt that one was more formal than the other, some preferred one to the other, but there was no general agreement. I'll stick with my own feeling, and that of the dictionaries I have consulted - there is no difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by david11 View Post
    Please explain what you mean by this.
    I mean: I think they are the same.

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    Lightbulb Re: somebody vs. someone

    Hi everybody
    Thanks for response
    As you say I think there is no different between them but which one is more used?

    @TheParser
    I can googling but I can't trust all result! I'll trust here more than google! This is reason that I Come in here and ask my question from the masters(?)!

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    Default Re: somebody vs. someone

    Quote Originally Posted by borhan_3010 View Post
    As you say, I think there is no differentce between them, but which one is more used?
    'somebody' has 45,098 COCA citations and 7,011 BNC citations; 'someone' has 144,123 COCA citations and 17, 782 BNC citations.

    'someone' is used far more than 'somebody', according to these corpora.
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