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Middle English som, "someone, somebody, a certain person; a certain indefinite portion of something, some part," from Old English sum "some, a, a certain one, something, a certain quantity; a certain indefinite number" (as in some say). This is from Proto-Germanic *sumaz (source also of Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Old High German sum, Old Norse sumr, Gothic sums), from a suffixed form of PIE root *sem- (1) "one; as one, together with."


Be Careful!You don't usually use 'someone' or 'somebody' as part of the object of a negative sentence. Don't say, for example, 'I don't know someone who lives in York'. You say 'I don't know anyone who lives in York'.

In questions, you can use someone, somebody, anyone, or anybody as part of the object. You use someone or somebody when you are expecting the answer 'yes'. For example, if you think I met someone, you might ask me 'Did you meet someone?' If you do not know whether I met someone or not, you would ask 'Did you meet anyone?'

Be Careful!Don't use 'someone' or 'somebody' with of in front of the plural form of a noun. Don't say, for example, 'Someone of my friends is an artist'. You say 'One of my friends is an artist'.

Polarizing the Islamic world between the umma and the regimes allied with the United States would help achieve bin Laden's primary goal: furthering the cause of Islamic revolution within the Muslim world itself, in the Arab lands especially and in Saudi Arabia above all. He had no intention of defeating America. War with the United States was not a goal in and of itself but rather an instrument designed to help his brand of extremist Islam survive and flourish among the believers. Americans, in short, have been drawn into somebody else's civil war.

Someone is generally considered more appropriate for formal writing, like college essays or work emails with your boss. No one will fire you for typing somebody, but some zealous professors might correct you if you use it in a formal essay.

What does somebody mean? Somebody means exactly the same thing as someone. It can be used in all of the same contexts, and it will not change the meaning of the sentence at all. To wit: notice that I have copied these example sentences almost exactly as they appear above, only changing someone to somebody:

Is it someone or somebody? Someone and somebody are synonyms. Both words are pronouns that refer to an unspecified person, whether their identity is unknown or simply does not matter. 041b061a72


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