Someone vs. Someone Else

What is the difference in meaning when we add the adverb 'else' to the indefinite pronoun 'someone'? To find out the difference between the two, read this part!

"Someone" vs. "Someone Else" in English Grammar

What Is Their Difference?

'Else' is an adverb that is used after words beginning with 'some-', 'every-', 'any-', and 'no-', and after question words and adds a sense of exclusion meaning 'other than the persons/things mentioned or involved'.

Consider these two sentences:

Call someone and ask for help.

'Someone' is the more formal synonym of 'somebody'. It refers to a person who is not known or mentioned by name.

Call someone else and ask for help.

'Someone else' is someone apart from those mentioned or implied.

Look at another example:

It could be someone from homeroom or it could be someone else.

'Someone else' is someone apart from those mentioned or implied.

In general, if you come across 'someone else' in a text, then it implies that there was a previous person mentioned earlier in the text before that point.

I talked to someone about the attic ... but I had to speak to someone else about the garage.

Bottom Line

We can conclude that:
someoneany person
someone elseanother person


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