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    navi tasan is offline Key Member
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    anyone/someone

    Are these sentences correct:

    1) I did not think someone could fall in love with me.

    2) I did not think anyone could fall in love with me.

    3) I did not think someone would say that.

    4) I did not think anyone would say that.

    Does replacing 'anyone' with 'someone' change the meaning in any way?

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    Re: anyone/someone

    When you use "someone", it seems to refer to a specific person who you didn't think would do XYZ.

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    Re: anyone/someone

    Thank you very much, Andrew g927,

    So, would 'someone' be sort of equivalent to 'you-know-who' in those sentences?


    5) I
    did not think you-know-who would say that.


    Could one use:

    6) I did not think someone would say that, but this fellow I had never seen in my entire life did.

    In this case, I wasn't thinking of someone specific at first. But when he said it, he sort of became specific.
    I don't think this case is what you have in mind.

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    Re: anyone/someone

    I would use anyone in your example #6.

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    Re: anyone/someone

    5 in theory is fine but in real life I think it is too confusing.

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