How to Use Someone vs. Something

1) Someone (or Somebody) has broken the window.

Someone = a person, but we don´t know who.

2) He has something in his mouth.

Something = a thing, but we don´t know what.

3) James lives somewhere near New York City.

Somewhere = in/to a place but we don´t where.

SOMEONE or SOMEBODY (People)

  • There´s someone at the house door.
  • There´s somebody in the office
  • Is there anyone here?
  • There´s nobody here.

SOMETHING / ANYTHING / NOTHING (things)

  • Mary said something (I don´t know what she said).
  • He was mad and he didn´t said anything.
  • What did she say? Nothing.

ANYBODY vs. SOMETHING

  • Did you meet anyone interesting in the party?
  • She said something.

 When we answer a question or when we use a negative phrase we use anything.  

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