Someone vs. Some One in English Grammar

Are They Both Correct?

Is there a difference between 'someone' and 'some one'? Can 'some one' also be used as an indefinite pronoun? Let's check them out.

Someone vs. Some One

'Someone' refers to a person without saying exactly who they are. 'Someone' is the more formal synonym of 'somebody'. It refers to a person who is not known or mentioned by name.

Will someone answer the phone , please ?

Someone will help you .

'Some one' refers to one unspecific person in a group of things or people that we are choosing from. Remember that almost all the time, when we use 'some one' it has to be followed by 'of + noun(phrase)'.
When it is alone, it's usually 'someone' as a pronoun.

Some one of the students was asking my question .

Usually, 'some one of the ....' is not used in written or spoken language. We often use 'one of the...'.
'Some' in this usage is usually omitted.

Usually, 'some one of the ....' is not used in written or spoken language. We often use 'one of the...'.
'Some' in this usage is usually omitted.

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