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I had never thought of that, but yes. And the circumstances would dictate which to use.Okay, but there are some questionable sentences:
Do you know someone?
Do you know anyone?
I would use someone here because anyone reminds me of everyone.
Someone would be used when referring to a particular person:
"I paid $15,000 for that car."
"No! You could have bought it for half that!"
"How? Do you know someone?" (who would have sold such a car for half that?)
Anyone is more general.
"I climbed to the top of the mountain and met a hermit who hadn't spoken to another soul for 20 years. So I asked him, 'Do you know anyone?' "You meet a guy and ask him whether his friends are coming:Is someone else coming now?
Is anyone else coming now?
I would use anyone, but I don't know why.
It simply sounds better to me.
Again it would depend on the circumstances. If you expect only one more person to arrive, someone would be better. If you expect more than one to arrive, anyone would be better.
"It was awful," Richard said. "I had a date with her for lunch, but Jack, Henry, Fred and Bob turned up, too. So I asked her, 'Is anyone else coming now?' "
You'd have a better idea exactly how Richard felt, because he used anyone, meaning he implied there would be no restriction on the number of others who might arrive.
I heard this question on a TV show:
But what if he is with someone else?
He did not say, "Someone else was used likely because the circumstance might mean more of a personal affront or be more intimidating to the speaker, someone being more particular than anyone.But what if he is with anyone else?"Correct! Every time, every place would be gramatically correct but not colloquial.Most times when I read or hear the word any, it reminds me of every.
Like "I'm always there for you. Any time, any place!"
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