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Diego asked, “What is the difference between somebody/someone and anybody/anyone?”.

Thanks for the question Diego, I hope this explains the differences.

Use some and any: When we don’t specify an exact quantity, we use some and any. When we add “body” or “one” to either of those words the quantity becomes exact.

Those four words are often used interchangeably, however, there are some subtle differences:
1. “Some” is usually used in a smaller group of people than “any” when used in a question.
2. “Some” is usually used when the belief is that the person exists as opposed to “any” when the belief is that no person exists.

Consider the following:
You hear a noise and you believe a person is at the door. “Is someone/somebody there?
You think you hear a noise and are unsure of where the noise originated, but it might be at
the door. “Is anybody there?”

3. There are situations where they are not interchangeable.
You would say “Somebody/Someone scratched my car.” You wouldn’t say “Anybody/Anyone
scratched my car.”
“Someone/somebody” is used in a positive statement and anyone/anybody is used in a negative statement.
I saw someone/somebody from work today. (positive statement)
I didn’t see anyone/anybody from work today. (negative statement)

I hope this explanation helps. – Barry