somebody vs someone : Common Errors in English

About somebody vs someone

“Somebody” and “someone” can be treated as either plural or singular, depending on the context. When no one individual person is identified, these words are usually treated as plural: “When somebody runs a red light, they risk causing an accident.” Some traditionalists would insist on “he or she” in this context, but most modern speakers do not. When a single individual is clearly referred to, singular forms are appropriate: “somebody is coming to pick me up in a minute.”

somebody Meaning(s)

  • (n) a human being

someone Meaning(s)

  • (n) a human being

somebody in News

  1. ACC's lunchtime links

    Paws off The Rock. Somebody took a chunk of it, and police are investigating. Two former Pitt football players failed to show up in court. There's a rare recruiting battle going on between Georgia and Georgia Tech. Duke coach David Cutcliffe shares his take on a selection committee. The Flutie name is coming back to BC. Wow. Are UConn and BC friends again? Miami is prepared for its Committee on ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: ESPN Blogs

  2. Joy Of Specs: This Unauthorized Commercial For Tic Tac Will Make You Feel Funny

    Warning: not safe. Period. Somebody decided to make a spec commercial for Tic Tac--and the brand can’t be too thrilled. "Four Calories" directed by Crobin , is a three minute and fifteen second hallucination, involving a fat, mostly naked Tic Tac fetishist, a man playing the trombone, and a passed-out degenerate covered in his own blood. The ostensible brand message: Shake It Up. Hopefully, you ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Fast Company Magazine

  3. “Somebody” Bought Stocks on Thursday Because “Somebody” is Terrified

      “Somebody” moved in to support stocks last week on Thursday.   The 50-DMA has become the “line in the sand” on the S&P 500. Anytime the market has come close to breaching this level in the last few months, “someone” has stepped in and propped the market up.     It’s pretty clear who the “someone” is. Given that the Fed is openly citing the stock market as an indication that QE is working… and ...
    on June 10, 2013 Source: Zero Hedge

someone in News


    WANTED: SOMEONE TO REMOVE OLD CARPET from two different apts. Will need to haul away the old carpet. Paying top dollar. 307-751-5429. 24-2b
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Buffalo Bulletin

  2. 'Someone Knows My Name' Bestseller Being Adapted as Miniseries for BET

    By Tim Kenneally LOS ANGELES ( - Lawrence Hill's bestseller "Someone Knows My Name" is coming to the small screen, in a big way. Originally published in Canada as "The Book of Negroes," the 2007 novel is being adapted into a miniseries that will air on BET in America and CBC in Canada, under its original title. Shooting begins in South Africa in the fall. Clement Virgo ("The Wire" is ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  3. Someone bought $300,000 lottery ticket from Spartanburg store

    Someone is holding a $300,000 lottery ticket bought at a Spartanburg gas station.
    on June 10, 2013 Source: The Greenville News

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