before <anyone>/<someone> spoke to her

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lightheart

Senior Member
Sichuan,China-Chinese
Sample sentence:
She had been in the office for days before anyone spoke to her.

Source:
Exercise book for New Concept English

Original test:
Join these pairs of sentences. Begin with the word or words in brackets.
....
6. Someone spoke to her. She had been in the office for days before that happened. (She...)
....

Question:
Is the word “anyone” used correctly here? I feel it should be “someone”.

Thanks if you would help : )
 
  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Yes, it’s correct. It would also be grammatically correct to use someone – but that would tend to imply a particular person rather than just someone in stark contrast to no one.
     
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