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someone/some one

Someone refers to an unspecified member of agroup of people. Some one refers to an unspecified member of a group of items or people that is being selected for individual attention.


Someone arrived at the meeting late.

We know that some one of the new robots hasa defect, but we're not sure which.


In the latter usage, some can often be omitted without loss of clarity.


We know that one of the robots has a defect, but we're notsure which.

See also anyone/any one and everyone/every one.

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