anyone/someone

navi tasan

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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?

Gratefully,
Navi.
 

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

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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.

Gratefully,
Navi.

 

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I would use anyone in your example #6.
 

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