What Is Their Difference?
What is the difference between 'someone' and 'somebody'? Do they have the same meaning? Can they be used interchangeably? Let's find out.
Somebody vs. Someone
'Somebody' and 'someone' are indefinite pronouns.
We can use them in affirmative sentences and in questions expecting a particular answer.
Both can be used to refer to general and specific people.
They both use singular verbs.
'Somebody' is more common in spoken English.
'Someone' is more common in written English.
Attention! We don't use 'somebody' and 'someone' as objects in negative sentences.
We use 'someone' or 'somebody' when we are expecting to hear the answer 'yes'. For example, if we think there's someone at the house, we ask:
If we do not know whether there's a person in the house or not, we would ask:
'Someone' and 'somebody' do not have plural forms. If we want to refer to a group of people we use 'some people'.
'Someone' is used when you want to refer to a person in a group of people, but you don't know whom you're referring to.
'Somebody' is used when you want to refer to a person with slight significance. It refers to the person whom you possibly know but not in that particular current situation.
You don't suspect anyone in particular, you just know someone has forgotten to lock the door.
There's a slight accusation in this sentence. It means you probably know who's left the door open, you're just not sure.