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"(some)one" and "(some)body"

Postby kurisuto » Wed 04.15.2009 12:15 pm

Here's a short question, but one that keeps bothering me : what's the difference between (any/some/every/no)one and -body ? And if there's a difference, does the "average" native speaker make the distinction in everyday speech ?
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Re: "(some)one" and "(some)body"

Postby richvh » Wed 04.15.2009 12:34 pm

They're synonyms, with very little difference in usage.
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Re: "(some)one" and "(some)body"

Postby kurisuto » Wed 04.15.2009 12:41 pm

I see... Thanks !
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Re: "(some)one" and "(some)body"

Postby alphafour » Fri 07.17.2009 10:39 pm

I find that people use someone more than somebody because its easier to say at speed since the movement of the lips to produce the "b" in body takes more effort than going from "m" to "w" in someone.
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Re: "(some)one" and "(some)body"

Postby kurisuto » Sat 07.18.2009 9:28 am

Many thanks !
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Re: "(some)one" and "(some)body"

Postby becki_kanou » Sat 07.18.2009 6:52 pm

This might just be me, but I feel that someone is slightly more formal, and somebody slightly more casual. I wouldn't, for example, use some/every/anybody in a formal speech, but other than that they are interchangeable.
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Re: "(some)one" and "(some)body"

Postby kurisuto » Sat 07.18.2009 7:52 pm

Duly noted. Thank you :)
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