Can somebody/anybody help me?

Enriwiki

New Member
Spanish - Peru
Which sentence is most correct:

1. Can somebody help me?
2. Can anybody help me?

What's the difference?

Regards
 
  • french4beth

    Senior Member
    US-English
    Which sentence is most correct:

    1. Can somebody help me?
    2. Can anybody help me?

    What's the difference?

    Regards
    Both sentences mean pretty much the same thing - you need help.

    With sentence number 2, the speaker is more eager for help - perhaps he/she has already been turned down by someone, or another person tried to help but was unable to do so.
     

    panjandrum

    Occasional Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    (1) is asking for help, expecting that there are lots of people who could help. Any one of them would do.

    (2) is asking for help, suspecting that there is nobody who can, or will, help - but asking just the same.
     
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