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Anybody or somebody? Don't or doesn't?

I'm trying to write this parable: Just as knowledge alone of a language doesn't make somebody a poet... Questions: Does one write "doesn't" or "don't"? From what I know of grammar, I would go ...
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How can SOMEONE or How can ANYONE?

I've learned that we use "someone" when in affirmative sentence and "anyone" when in negative or question sentence. Altough, I saw a lot of results in google for the sentence "how can ANYONE". So ...
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what does it mean, when a girl tells a guy, “sounds like a catch”

After you mentioned the good qualities of another female, and desire to have a female like such.
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Some + Countable Noun: True Only When Plural?

Assume there are multiple books on a shelf. At least one book is red. At least one book is blue. Sentence in dispute: Some of the books are red. Is this sentence false if only one book is red? ...
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Explain something: anything [closed]

Any seems synonymous with some in some examples, such as "Is anyone home?". And any seems synonymous with every in some examples below, and definitely not in others. On the internet I encountered a ...
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Should I use either or any in this sentence?

So, I want to ask the students to contact me if they are interested in topics A and B. Which one is better? Please contact me if you are interested in any of the following topics: ... or Please ...
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“Any information” or “some information” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Any” or “some” in various questions? I'm trying to figure out which is correct, or if both are correct. From what I understand (and I may be wrong, so please correct ...
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“If someone…they can” vs. “if anyone…they can” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to know when to use “someone” or “anyone”? In what contexts would it be correct/appropriate to say, "If someone [does or wants to do something] they can" as opposed ...
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How to know when to use “someone” or “anyone”?

I am trying to write a grammar rule that will be able to identify when to use someone or anyone, and I got confused. I couldn't find any clear way to do this. For instance, "anyone can do it" is ...
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Central determiners “some” and “any” used with singular count nouns

I couldn't comment on Irene's post here, so I decided to make a topic. I'd like to know whether this phrase: "I can give you any book that's left" is grammatically right since "some" and "any" are ...
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“Any” or “some” in various questions?

I'm wondering why I always hear "some" in questions, although according to English grammar there should always be "any". At least the one I'm looking at uses "some". For example: Why are some ...