Questions about example sentences with, and the definition and usage of "Somebody"

The meaning of "Somebody" in various phrases and sentences

Q: What does “give somebody the benefit of the doubt” mean?
A: When you don't know what a person's motivations or intentions are, you assume that their motivations or intentions are good.

There is doubt, because you don't know. So you assume the best, and the other person then benefits from your doubt.
Q: What does "I'm already somebody's baby.(Twilight by Elliot Smith)" mean?
A: It means you have a boyfriend/girlfriend.
Q: What does make somebody tick mean?
A: I suppose in that context then, it can be used as another way of describing someone's passion! From that, something that makes someone tick = something that inspires them or motivates them. That phrase can also be used as in 'to make someone angry' :)
Q: What does " You think you know somebody " mean?
A: It is an expression.

It means, "I thought you were a different kind of person, but I was wrong."
"I thought you had a different personality/character/past/etc., but I was misled."

It might mean someone lied to you. Or, it might mean you discover new things about a person that conflict with your previous impression.

Mr A: Did you know Chris went to jail for child pornography on his computer?
Mr B: What!? He was my friend! I had no idea. You think you know somebody...
Q: What does see somebody off mean?
A: It often means you are going with them as they leave to a certain point. You are saying goodbye but you are walking with them to the car, taxi, plane, train or whatever other vehicles they are leaving by.

Example sentences using "Somebody"

Q: Please show me example sentences with "Walk(somebody) to...." : go with someone to somewhere.
A: She walked her daughter to school.
I walked my friend to the bus station.
Q: Please show me example sentences with held somebody accountable .
A: 1. I'm going to hold you accountable if something goes wrong.
2. We must all be held accountable for our actions.

You can also say "hold/held responsible" instead 😊
Q: Please show me example sentences with ask somebody out for something.
A: When you ask a girl out for a date
Q: Please show me example sentences with join somebody in doing.
A: I have a friend named Alec.
Today I joined Alec in doing homework.
Yesterday Alec joined me in running.
I want to join Alec on his vacation.

I think a lot of phrases above can be translated with 一緒に
Q: Please show me example sentences with "to get by" "to get around to" "to get through to somebody" "to take after somebody" "to take in something" "to take on too much".
A: "I didn't have enough money for groceries this month, but I would get by on ramen" (Get by- sustain oneself on)
"She wouldn't listen to me, so I called her mother to try and get through to her" (Get through to- to convince someone/ to have them listen to what you have to say)
"He was just like his father, and one day he would take after his father and become a carpenter too" (Take after- become like/ to continue the legacy)
"He saw the dog alone on the side of the road and decided to take him in" (Take in- to shelter, to take care of in your home)
"She had a very heavy course load, she said she would be able to handle it but she was too busy and had taken on too much work" (Take on too much- to overwhelm yourself with too much work)

Synonyms of "Somebody" and their differences

Q: What is the difference between somebody and someone ?
A: In most cases they can be used interchangeably
Q: What is the difference between interesting to somebody and interesting for somebody and this article is interesting to her or for her ?
A: In my experience Sharon, they can be used interchangeably although it is most common to hear the phrase: "(so and so) is interesting TO somebody"
Q: What is the difference between " to hire somebody" and " to employ somebody" ?
A: Yes, for number one hired is good. But, in your context I wouldn't use recruit as (in this case) the word recruit would be interpreted as "to engage in finding and attracting employees, new members, students, athletes, etc." As if asking "Did somone recroit you for your last job?"
2 - Could you please tell me the date "you were" hired? or "When were you hired?" for this or that job on their resume.
Q: What is the difference between somebody and anybody and someone and anyone ?
A: "Anybody/anyone": Cualquier persona
"Somebody": Alguna persona

Recuerda que en inglés no se utiliza la doble negación (o, al menos, no es correcta), por lo que no puedes decir "I can't see nobody", por ejemplo. Aquí es donde utilizas anyone/anybody (nunca somebody): "I can't see anybody". En el resto de casos que no impliquen dobles negaciones, anybody/anyone y somebody son prácticamente iguales; quizás haya algún pequeño matiz que ya te han comentado pero realmente no supone una gran diferencia :)
Q: What is the difference between somebody and someone ?
A: They are the same, and most people use both. "Somebody" is more informal but both are casual terms.

Translations of "Somebody"

Q: How do you say this in English (US)? if somebody ask me that do me speak english can I answer a little bit?
A: If somebody asks me if I speak English, can I answer with "a little bit"? - - Yes, you can 🖒
Q: How do you say this in English (US)? to describe somebody who is charming
A: Appearance do play a big part in being charming. Usually a charming person is a good looking person with great style. They know what to say and when to say it to keep a person or people interested in them. They come off as sort of relatable, understanding, and trustworthy as well. They make you feel like you know a lot about them when you don't really know anything about them at all.
Q: How do you say this in English (UK)? Please can somebody help me with the right pronunciation for FOCUS...😶
A: or you can think of it like "foe-kiss"
Q: How do you say this in English (US)? i am really angry so that i want to kill somebody.
A: "I am so angry that I want to kill someone!"

(please don't though)
Q: How do you say this in English (US)? If you see somebody you know, you say Hi to each other, obviously he is busy, you don't wanna disturb him and tell him "just do your job", how do you say more natural?
A: I'll let you get back to work.

Other questions about "Somebody"

Q: Can somebody help me to improve my English please?!😅💓
A: Hi! I can help! (:
Q: can somebody help me? did i write it right?
A: "When I was little, I wanted to be a fashion designer or a teacher. A couple of years ago, I was going to be a criminologist. Now, I am in college and have changed my mind to study Psychology and minor in Early Childhood Education. However, I just need to change my major and in the fall I can start taking my Psychology courses."

I hope that helps.
Q: if somebody use the word "cosmo-architect" what kind of images come to your mind ??

I think it is not a word generally used though

the person who "invented" the word is assuming that the word is depicting the character "architect" in the movie "Matrix"

would it make sense ??
A: well it could be you know the architect created the matrix he controls everything although if you are talking in that context it could works too
Q: How do you answer if somebody ask you "what's up?"
A: The most common answer is "Nothing much." or you just tell them what you are doing. Hope this helped!
Q: maybe somebody came into the tent during the night and took the photo does this sound natural?
A: I'm a bit sick and tried to pronounce these words best as possible. I hope I could help!

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