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    somebody vs. anybody

    Has anybody called me?
    Has somebody called me?

    What's the difference?

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    #2

    Re: somebody vs. anybody

    In this context there is no difference.


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    Re: somebody vs. anybody

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    Has anybody called me?
    Has somebody called me?

    What's the difference?
    When you say 'anybody', you're just asking a question.
    When you say 'somebody', you think that a particular person may have called.
    Hope it's clear?

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    Re: somebody vs. anybody

    Quote Originally Posted by naomimalan View Post
    When you say 'anybody', you're just asking a question.
    When you say 'somebody', you think that a particular person may have called.
    Hope it's clear?
    That depends, I think that they could both be used in that context, I could say "Has anybody called?" if I was expecting a call from a particular person.


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    everybody vs. anybody

    Everybody can do it.
    Anybody can do it.

    Could you illustrate the difference by context?

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    Re: everybody vs. anybody

    I'm not a teacher so if I'm wrong, please correct me.

    Everybody can do it means that you, me, your family and everyone can do it.
    Anybody means that no-one can do it. Neither you, nor me.

    Examples:
    It's a piece of cake. Everybody can do it.
    It's impossible. Anybody can do it.


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    Re: everybody vs. anybody

    Quote Originally Posted by bud-bar View Post
    I'm not a teacher so if I'm wrong, please correct me.

    Everybody can do it means that you, me, your family and everyone can do it.
    Anybody means that no-one can do it. Neither you, nor me. No no no!

    Examples:
    It's a piece of cake. Everybody can do it.
    It's impossible. Anybody Nobody can do it.
    Anybody can do it = any person can do it.
    Everybody can do it = all people can do it.

    ps. [I have merged these threads as they cover the same ground]

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    Re: somebody vs. anybody

    Quote Originally Posted by naomimalan View Post
    When you say 'anybody', you're just asking a question. I agree.
    When you say 'somebody', you think that a particular person may have called. I would say that something has made you think that there may have been a call. It doesn't have to be from a particular person. In fact you may not have been expecting any calls, or maybe you rarely get calls there, but something has given you a feeling that there may have been a call for you.

    Hope it's clear?
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    Re: somebody vs. anybody

    So when you say 'Has somebody called me?' do you have a particular person in mind or a feeling that there has been a call for you? Is it a person or a call as such that makes you use 'somebody'?

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    Re: somebody vs. anybody

    Hi Clark, For me, in the context of asking about somebody or anybody calling, there really is no substantial difference between the two. I did a mini survey amongst family and friends and it came out about 50/50 between 'no real difference' and 'an academic difference of nuance'. So you pay your money and you take your choice.

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