I wonder if _____ will show up at the meeting?

a. someone
b. anyone
c. one
d. everyone

I know the answer isn't someone or one.

I'm more confused between the other two options, anyone and everyone.

In my opinion, the answer should be anyone, but on searching on the internet, one website mentioned the answer as everyone.

This is for a job aptitude test that I'm facing. Also, could anyone have some tips on tackling verbal aptitude questions like these?

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    It could be either anyone or everyone depending on whether you're speculating on whether the meeting will be dead empty or completely full. Also, with the right inflection, someone will work. BTW, your English seems perfectly fine to me. – Dan Bron Sep 20 '15 at 14:00
  • @DanBron Thanks! I don't know how to know the context in these type of questions. This does make the answer ambiguous though. Also, thanks for the compliment! – Darshit Patel Sep 20 '15 at 14:10
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    @DanBron Or the exact opposite: since the norm is quite likely that one or two people do not attend the meeting, you may in fact be wondering whether perhaps every single person will for some reason show up for this particular meeting. (And of course, in the right context, all four options can work just fine—the question is very ambiguous.) – Janus Bahs Jacquet Sep 20 '15 at 17:44
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    @J.R. (c) is quite defensible, too, it just needs to be used with an overt antecedent (i.e., in the sense “one such person” rather than “me”). For example: “We really need to get a board member’s attention on this issue, to let them know what’s going on. I wonder if one will show up at the meeting this afternoon, so we can talk to them there” works fine for me. Not the most elegant phrasing, but colloquially quite likely. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Sep 20 '15 at 21:50
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    @JanusBahsJacquet - True. With the right set-up, that's perfectly acceptable. I wish test-makers thought as hard about their questions as we do here on ELU. – J.R. Sep 20 '15 at 22:28