someone

someone
somebody, someone
1. Both words have been in use since the early 14c and are largely interchangeable. Some one occurs as two separate words less often than any one (see any 4), but uses of the type Some one thousand eggs have been collected (in which some and one retain their distinct meanings) should be borne in mind.
2. For clashes of agreement in sentences of the type I really resent it when I call somebody who's not home and they don't have an answering machine, see agreement 4.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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