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    #1

    someone vs. anyone

    A says: "You thought I did not know Pete, didn't you?"
    B replies:
    a. I didn't think you did not know someone in this office. I knew you knew everybody.
    b. I didn't think you did not know anyone in this office. I knew you knew everybody.

    c. I didn't think you would not know someone in this office. I knew you knew everybody.
    d. I didn't think you would not know anyone in this office. I knew you knew everybody.

    Which of the sentences a-c work in this context?


    Many thanks.

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    #2

    Re: someone vs. anyone

    They're all a mess for me- language that requires a language degree to unpick a path through negatives is, by and large, best left to lawyers and other people who may really need to do it. A more natural response would be No, I knew you knew everyone in the office.

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