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    has somebody/anybody


    Has somebody stolen my pen?
    Has anybody stolen my pen?

    --- Which is better?

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    Re: has somebody/anybody

    I don't see much difference, but the "anybody" form seems more likely to mean "any of you people listening" versus "somebody, who may be here or may be anywhere."

    (Off topic: I don't know too many people who would admit to having stolen a pen, though. Try "borrowed" and you're more likely to get it back.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.


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