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I want to ask if someone is there. Can both terms be used to ask if a person is there/are you there? いますか or いるの?

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I assume what you are asking is "どなたか/誰か + いますか?/いるの?" construction.

どなたか/誰か + いますか

means you want to get the reply from someone if they are staying there.

So, if someone is replying, it might relieve you.

どなたか/誰か + いるの

means you are wondering if someone is there since it is unlikely/no sign someone is staying there. So, if someone is replying, it might surprise you.

  • the correct spelling is relieve. – JACK Aug 20 at 11:39
  • This is understandable now, I appreciate it. – JACK Aug 20 at 11:46

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