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Hi,
do you use "someone" or "anyone" when asking?

Can [someone/anyone] check these sentences for me?
Could [someone/anyone] tell me what this word mean?


Is there a difference? I think there is a difference. If you use "someone" you are asking a favor. If you use "anyone" you are asking if there is anyone who would be able to help you. More or less the same kind of difference there is between "Can I take some cake?" and "Can I take any cake?".
So I think I should always use "someone" when asking a favor...

Thank you Emotion: smile
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Hi Kooyeen,

do you use "someone" or "anyone" when asking?

Can [someone/anyone] check these sentences for me?
Could [someone/anyone] tell me what this word mean?


Is there a difference? I think there is a difference. If you use "someone" you are asking a favor. If you use "anyone" you are asking if there is anyone who would be able to help you. More or less the same kind of difference there is between "Can I take some cake?" and "Can I take any cake?".
So I think I should always use "someone" when asking a favor...


Yes, you have the right idea. I would add this comment. Using 'anyone' often suggests that I think there is a good chance that no-one can do what I am asking. I won't be surprised if he answer is 'No, no-one can do that'.

Can I take any cake? Sounds like I think the answer 'No' is somewhat probable.

Can I take some cake? Is a more neutral question, where 'yes' and 'no' both seem equally possible.

Best wishes, Clive
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Could [someone/anyone] tell me what this word mean?


Means Emotion: wink

You can also make sentences with everybody and anybody (both interrogative and with different meaning):
Is everybody at home?
Is anybody at home?
Cool, thanks! I was right then...
That's why I always say "Can/Could somebody...?" when I ask for something. The other form, "Can/Could anyone...?" sounds like I'm asking "Would anyone be able to...?"

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Hi,

I think that the rule is:

We use some in a positive, an offer or a request.

Can ......? is a request

So perhaps it should be: Can someone check these sentences for me? = Is anybody willing to this?

* some has a positive meaning and we use it when we expect the answer to be yes

Can anybody check these sentences? = Is anybody capable of doing this?

(Just a thought Emotion: smile
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