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    #1

    someone/anyone

    Is there someone/anyone in the fitting room?

    Both of them are ok, right? Pls.

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    #2

    Re: someone/anyone

    Quote Originally Posted by puzzle View Post
    Is there someone/anyone in the fitting room?

    Are both of them OK? Please.
    Yes.

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    Re: someone/anyone

    Quote Originally Posted by puzzle View Post
    Is there someone/anyone in the fitting room?

    Both of them are ok, right? Pls.
    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) As the moderator told us, both are correct English.

    (2) Some people feel that there is a difference in their meaning:

    (a) You knock on the door and ask "Is anyone in the dressing room?"

    = You simply do not know. You want to know before going inside.

    (b) You hear some noise in the dressing room and think that maybe there is a

    person inside, so you knock and ask "Is someone in the dressing room?" If there is,

    then maybe you will not go inside, for that person may want privacy.

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