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# Someone or somebody?

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28 Apr 2013, 06:47
Could someone (:)) please explain the difference between using "someone" and "somebody"? I bumped on a few problems concerning this issue, but unfortunately all explanation given has been that "someone" is correct.
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28 Apr 2013, 20:36
I think we use “someone” more often when we have a group of persons in consideration, but we don’t know for sure who the one is. While we use “somebody” when its not that important who the person is.

For Example,
someone has left the door open
We don’t know exactly who left the door open.

somebody has left the door open
We don’t care who left the door open rather than the fact that the door is open.
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28 Apr 2013, 22:54
umeshpatil wrote:
I think we use “someone” more often when we have a group of persons in consideration, but we don’t know for sure who the one is. While we use “somebody” when its not that important who the person is.

For Example,
someone has left the door open
We don’t know exactly who left the door open.

somebody has left the door open
We don’t care who left the door open rather than the fact that the door is open.

Could you please refer to some official source?
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28 Apr 2013, 23:03
Hi HumptyDumpty,

Its not all rule, its just a practice. someone and somebody are interchangeable.

Can you post the SC question, which shows only someone is correct? It will be better to explain this.

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29 Apr 2013, 05:37
Generally speaking, someone and somebody are interchangeable. Please post the questions with explanations.

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29 Apr 2013, 10:26
I remember one question from the GMAT Club tests that literally said "<somebody> is wrong" and "<someone> is correct" with no further explanation. It's like looking for a needle in a haystack, but I keep searching for this question.
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29 Apr 2013, 12:17
Good luck! Please post if you do find it...

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Re: Someone or somebody?   [#permalink] 29 Apr 2013, 12:17
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