Someone or Some People?

From Twitter

Jess The Old Secretary: __________ came today to see you–a new person.
Bill The New Doctor: Without an appointment?
Jess: Yes; sometimes __________ come in off the street to check us out.
a. Someone
b. Some people
c. anyone

The answers are (in order):

1st someone*

2nd: (some) people**

*Though not always, someone often applies to a specific unknown person;

“Someone came in today and asked about electric cars.”

EXCEPTION: in Simple Present Tense Hypothetical Narratives

“(Imagine) someone comes in and asks about electric cars; what should I tell him or her?”

**Some people refers to hypothetical people.


To come in off the street means to come or visit with no reservation, plans or schedule.

Author: sayinsei

英語の発音矯正と会話クラスを提供する新宿の語学学校. A language school in Shinjuku offering English classes

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