Someone

'Someone' is used to refer to both general and specific people. In this part, we will go through its uses and grammatical rules in English grammar.

How to Use "Someone" in the English Grammar

Someone is an indefinite pronoun used to refer to both general and specific people. In this lesson, we will discuss when and how to use it.

'Someone' as an Indefinite Pronoun

Use

Someone as an indefinite pronoun is used to refer to general and specific people. Take a look at the following examples:

I want someone to pick me up for David's birthday.

All I'm saying is that I prefer someone who is logical.

Position in a Sentence

Someone as an indefinite pronoun replaces the subject or the object. It is always used with a singular verb. For example:

Someone was trying to rob your house while you were away.

I know that someone is after us.

Negation with 'Someone'

Someone is a positive pronoun so in order to make it negative, there are two options:
1. No one is used instead of someone.
2. Anyone is used with a negative verb.
Take a look at the following examples:

Someone loves you but no one even likes me.

I need someone who works hard. Anyone who doesn't know how to work, should be laid off.

Some One + of

Some one refers to a person without saying exactly who they are. It refers to one unspecific person in a group of things or people that we are choosing from. It has to be followed by of + determiner + noun (phrase). Here are some examples:

We know that some one of the workers is trying to cover up the issues.

'Some one of the workers' means 'one of the workers.'

Tip

Someone is replaced with they when it is repeated in a sentence. Accordingly, its object pronoun is them, its possessive determiner is their, and its possessive pronoun is theirs. Look:

Someone is following us. They look really suspicious.

Someone should do their best.

Someone is there. I should talk to them.

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