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Differences Between Someone and Somebody

‘Someone’ vs ‘Somebody’

‘Someone’ is used if you are in a location where there are many people around, but you don’t know whom you’re referring to. Sounds confusing? To break it down, if used in a sentence ‘“ ‘Someone has left the room and started screaming loudly’ it means you don’t know exactly who left the room with all the people around.

‘Somebody’ is used if you are in a location and you are referring to a person with a slight importance. For example, ‘Somebody has left the room and started screaming loudly.’ The use of ‘somebody’ is to refer to the person whom you possibly know but unknown in the current situation.

‘Someone’ is used if we don’t know the person and there are many people to decide from. The use of ‘somebody’ is when we refer to a person but in a narrow amount of selection. ‘Someone’ sounds exclusive and formal whereas ‘somebody’ sounds a bit informal. For example, ‘Someone made my day extraordinary!’ The use of ‘someone’ in this scenario makes a formal acknowledgement. ‘Somebody made my day extraordinary!’ ‘Somebody’ sounds a little relaxed and informal. ‘Someone’ seems more personal and “somebody” appears more secluded and intangible. Still, both words communicate the same message.

In some instances, you may have heard of the expression ‘someone special’ or ‘somebody special.’ Which do you think sounds pleasing to your ear? The nuance we get from the word ‘somebody’is distant, vague, and unreal.

‘Someone’ also sounds appealing and likable. ‘Somebody’ sounds engaging but in limited ways. The use of ‘someone’ is more an appropriate choice in formal writing while ‘somebody’ sounds casual and slang. The proper usage for ‘someone’ and ‘somebody’ is indistinct. Both words are interchangeable. You can use any word depending on the rhythm of the sentence you’re writing. There are simply minor differences between the two, aside from the spelling, of course.


1. ‘Someone’ is used if we don’t know the person and there are many people to decide from. The use of ‘somebody’ is when we refer to a person but in a narrow amount of selection.
2. ‘Someone’ sounds personal, exclusive, and formal. ‘Somebody’ sounds vague, informal, and distant.
3. ‘Someone’ is more appropriate for formal writing whereas ‘somebody’ is slang, casual, and unofficial.
4. ‘Someone’ is pleasing and likable; ‘somebody’ lacks engagement and appeals only in limited occasions.
5. Both words have indistinct proper usage; both have minor differences.

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  1. I disagree, at least from a perspective of American English. I think there is no difference in denotation and no difference in connotation. I can’t really think of a case where it changes the mood of the sentence even, including in the examples you are giving.

    There are a few cases where people from one geography or another may prefer one over the other for aesthetic reasons, but I don’t really think of a case where any meaning is changed.

    I can interchange them in casual chat with a friend, text messages, or in formal writing (which I do a fair amount of) without changing the meaning. I’d say 100% interchangeable without changing the meaning.

  2. very good

  3. I would say that Some “one” and Some “body” is a difference. One is whole, body is just a part of a whole. “Somebody” is dualistic since it entails a separation between body and mind. “Someone” will be non dualistic more whole, wholly or holly, hence the appeal to this word. Think of Body as the lower aspect of the whole, the denser aspect of the One. In dualistic thinking body will be the Yin and Mind will be the Yang aspect. When you speak of “somebody” you are referring to a lower, denser aspect of the self. When you are speaking of someone, it is a complete being.

  4. If I read correctly and make it simple, I would remember this:
    Somebuddy, and some unknown one.

  5. I could have been a contender. I could have been somebody.

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