Google NGram shows the usage of 'Someone else' way above the phrase 'Somebody else' especially when searched for the results of a past few decades.

Is there any difference? Do we use somebody in a special case? Does it sound 'ungrammatical' or 'off' to natives these days?

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    Although the Ngram does show one more heavily favored than the other, it's not like the minority phrasing is rare. Good question, though.
    – J.R.
    Commented Dec 16, 2014 at 13:04

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They are synonyms. Someone may be preferred because it's a syllable shorter (link), but they mean exactly the same.


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