anyone else? or someone else?

julyAnna

Senior Member
SPANISH COLOMBIA
Hi everybody
I'd like to know the difference that theres is between "anyone else? or someone else?
Thanks in advance, martha
 
  • Reina140

    Banned
    USA--English
    No hay mucho de diferencia entre los dos.

    Anyone es más general.

    I have a secret and I have to tell someone. (anyone would be wrong here)

    Is there anyone else who would like to make a statement. (someone could work here)

    Es más difícil explicartelo . . . quizás alguien tendrá un explicación mejor.
     

    PrinceGuillermo

    New Member
    English, England
    Hola,

    La diferencia depende de si la frase es positiva o negativa, o si es una pregunta o una afirmacion, por ejemplo:

    Pregunta: Has anyone/anybody else decided to come with us?

    Respuesta: Yes, someone/somebody else is coming with us.
     

    stooge1970

    Senior Member
    English/USA
    Is there anyone else who would like to make a statement. (someone could work here)
    Personally, I would only say "someone" in this context if I hear a voice or some movement that lets me know that there is indeed someone who wants to make a statement. So, we're already expecting the answer to be "yes". If you use "anyone", you aren't sure what the answer will be.

    Likewise, in PrinceGuillermo's example, if I'm in a group that is supposed to be just 10 people, and I count 11 heads, I might ask: "Has someone else decided to come with us?" even though it is a question, because I'm pretty sure the answer is yes, and I'm just trying to figure out who this person is.

    So I think both PrinceGuillermo and Reina are right, but at the same time it's not always as simple as "question vs. statement" or "general vs. specific". Anyway, that's how I used to explain it to my advanced students. Does that make any sense? At any rate, this subtle nuance is often lost in everyday language.

    Best.
     
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