The Difference between 'Someone' and 'Something'
What is the difference between the two indefinite pronouns 'someone' and 'something'? Can they be used interchangeably?
Someone vs. Something
'Someone' and 'something' are both indefinite pronouns comprised of two parts.
- some + one
- some + thing
Those indefinite pronouns made up of -one refer only to nonspecified or unknown humans.
Those indefinite pronouns made up of -thing refer only to nonspecified or unknown things (non-humans).
As a noun, 'someone' refers to an unnamed person we might or might not know.
'Something' as a noun can both refer to a person or thing of some importance. Remember that in this case it is used mostly in informal English.
'Something' can also be used as an adverb. It is synonymous to 'somewhat' and it means 'in some degree'.
In non-standard English, 'something' is used with an adjective for emphasis.