'someone' instead of 'one'

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'someone' instead of 'one'

Post by azz » Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:00 pm

a. One cannot expect to be treated like everybody else without respecting the law.
b. Some cannot expect to be treated like everybody else without respecting the law.

c. One can find anything on the net these days.
d. Someone can find anything on the net these days.


Are (a) and (b) both acceptable? Do they mean the same?
Are (c) and (d) both acceptable? Do they mean the same?

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Re: 'someone' instead of 'one'

Post by Erik_Kowal » Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:52 pm

Yes to a) and c).

b) and d) would require 'some / someone' to be replaced by 'one' or 'you' to sound natural.

Also, 'without respecting' is understandable in the context it appears in, but it would be better style to write 'unless you respect' or 'unless one respects'. The 'you' version sounds friendlier than the 'one' version.
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