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    #1

    five people to talk to

    a. You have five people to talk to. Unlike you, I don't have someone to talk to.
    b. You have five people to talk to. Unlike you, I don't have anyone to talk to.

    Are both of the above grammatical?

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    #2

    Re: five people to talk to

    Quote Originally Posted by azz
    a. You have five people to talk to. Unlike you, I don't have someone to talk to.
    b. You have five people to talk to. Unlike you, I don't have anyone to talk to.

    Are both of the above grammatical?
    English is a funny language. The first one contrasts with "Like you, I do have someone to talk to." I advise you to use the second one only if you omit "Unlike you".


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