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    #1

    someone vs. anyone

    Can one say

    a. There is nobody among us who will be unkind to somebody's child.
    b. There is nobody among us who will be unkind to anybody's child.
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    Is there any difference in the meanings of these sentences?

    Many thanks.

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    #2

    Re: someone vs. anyone

    I don't see any difference but somebody and anybody could be omitted.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: someone vs. anyone

    What would the sentences look like if both were omitted?

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    #4

    Re: someone vs. anyone

    I mean "..unkind to a child".
    I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: someone vs. anyone

    That's better.

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    #6

    Re: someone vs. anyone

    "Will" sounds somewhat unnatural to me. I find "would" much more natural. Surely we're talking about the likelihood of a person being unkind to a child (or their natural capacity to do so). None of us can say for / what someone else will or will not do in the future.

    There is nobody among us who would be unkind to a child.

    It sounds rather formal and old-fashioned too. In everyday language, you might hear "None of us would ever be mean to a kid".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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