Word Question: Anybody/Anyone

hey guys, as a second-language-speaker, i´m allowed to ask this maybe a bit dumb question Happy it´s a bit embarrassing, but i can´t find an answer... is there a difference between anybody and anyone or somebody/someone? and when do you use the two words if there is a difference? i think nine years of english lessons couldn´t tell me about it, well, i didn´t notice my "problem" before... Happy help would be great, it´s not important, i know, but otherwise i have to think about it the next few days Happy

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6 replies since 9th January 2011 • Last reply 9th January 2011

Nope, no difference at allHappy

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that´s something i like Happy i thought i´ve missed a whole section in school!! thank you so much, now i can sleep well!

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Hurray! Glad to help Happy

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Now that I think about it, it IS weird that we have both of those words, when there really isn't a difference...
What other language do you speak?

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It isn't weird at all. The English language is made up of Greek, Latin, French and German words mainly with influences from Scandinavia and whatever other countries invaded and moved in. Each language has it's own words for things and they all got absorbed into the everyday language.

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i´m german, we have different words for the meaning of anybody/anyone too, but i thought english is a practical language, why should they have two words meaning exactly the same... i think it depends in which case or sentence or even question you want to use it, but don´t ask me how it works... Happy

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