unless anyone or unless someone

lixiaohejssz

Senior Member
Hello, everyone,
I want to say the sentence, " I can't finish the work if anyone doesn't help me." But I can't decide whether it's right or not. How about using "someone"? By the way, what if I say " I can't finish the work unless someone / anyone helps me."? Which is more perfect, someone or anyone?
Many thanks!
 
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    "Someone" sounds better to me than "anyone", lixiaohejssz. You could also say: I can't finish the work if nobody/no one helps me.
     

    Beryl from Northallerton

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    British English
    If we're going to say that sort of thing then we'd say "I can't finish the work if someone doesn't help me.", though it's a little clumsy.

    Your second option is slightly better, in my opinion: "I can't finish the work unless someone helps me.".

    I'd prefer (something like) "I can't finish the work without help." or "I can't finish the work unaided." ... and many others besides. :) (Cross-posted)
     
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