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    #1

    Anyone vs someone

    What is the correct variant of asking :

    Would anyone help me? or Would someone help me? and Why?

    Thank you so much for your anwers and comments

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    #2

    Re: Anyone vs someone

    Neither is either correct or incorrect. They are both correct, in context.

    'Can somebody help me?' = Out of all the people who hear this, I need help from somebody.
    'Can somebody help me?' = I've already asked once. There must be somebody who can help; are you really going to ignore my need?
    'Can anybody help me?' = I really need help, and I'm not choosy about who offers it/

    You can mix these together: 'Can somebody help?... Somebody?...Anybody?' (The "..." are pauses - not just me not being bothered to fill in the rest of the question! )

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    #3

    Re: Anyone vs someone

    I think, somebody is used when we expect an affirmative answer
    and anybody is used when we expect a negative answer.
    So both can be used according to the context.

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