anyone else? or someone else?


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

    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.


    New Member
    English, England

    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.


    Senior Member
    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.

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