Somebody, Anybody, Anywhere and Nobody

Singular indefinite pronouns

 Somebody, Anybody, anywhere, nobody




The compound of some and any act in the same manner as some and any.

  1. Some – affirmative
  2. Any – in the negative and questions
  3. Some – to offer something, to ask for something (when we expect a positive response)


  • I saw somebody in the lift.
  • Did you see anybody in the lift?
  • I didn’t see anybody in the lift.
  • Do you want something else?

We can also say I saw nobody in the lift.

  • Nobody came.
  • Nobody was there.

Note: Avoid double negatives – I did not see nobody in the lift.

Remember we use singular verbs after these pronouns.

  • Nobody came.
  • Nobody was there.

Any – can be every, it doesn’t matter which/who

  • You can any object you want.
  • Anybody could win tonight.

Somewhere – In positive statements

  • I must have left them somewhere.

Anywhere - any place

  • Is there anywhere open on Easter Sunday?
  • There isn’t anywhere to go from here

So to sum up:

Some – used in positive statements.

Any – used in questions and negative statements.

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