The compounds of some
behave in the same way as some
, that is to say, some-
, in affirmative sentences and, any-
, in negatives and questions, although we use some-
in the interrogative to offer something, to ask for something or when we expect a positive response, as we saw in the previous unit. Examples:
I saw somebody there.
I did not see anybody there.
Did you see anybody there?
Would you like something better?
Instead of I did not see anybody there
, we can say I saw nobody there
, but we cannot use two negative words: *I did not see nobody there
mean the same as anyone
can also be written no one
can also mean "every" or "it does not matter which / who":
You can take any pencil
Anybody can do it. It's very easy.
Let's see the following examples to end with:
Somebody told me you were abroad.
Nobody came to the meeting.
Was there anybody in the house?
I want something to eat.
I don't need anything.
I need nothing.
Would you like something to drink?
Is there anything in that drawer?
I want to go somewhere else.
I didn't go anywhere.
I went nowhere.
Have you seen my car keys anywhere?
Fill in the gaps with somebody
I know __________ about this issue that you may find interesting, but if I tell you, you must promise to keep it (a) secret.
__________ lives here. There is no water.
I spent the night __________ near the beach.
__________ could have jumped over this wall, and stole your rake. It's very low.
__________ scares him. He's very brave.
There is __________ to park here. Let's go __________ else to park.
Would you like __________ to wash your hands?.
May I have __________ for dessert, please?
They took him __________ in London, and he never returned.
Please don't leave __________ behind at home. We'll be away for a fortnight.
She needs __________ to love. She's very lonely.
They will not sing __________ in this city. They said that they would never come back.
There isn't __________ you can do to help them. __________ can help them.
We do not need __________ else to run this department. We can do it ourselves.
__________ is ringing the bell. Go and see who it is.
__________ phoned while we were out, but they did not leave a message.
__________ tells me that there is __________ fishy going on .
They are looking for __________ to settle down and have children. They want to find a quiet place to lead a quiet life.
"Where would you like to stay?"
"__________ will do provided it is a clean place."
"Is there __________ at home?"
"I don't think there is __________. Mum and dad must have gone out."
Written by Miquel Molina i Diez
Please remember that instead of anybody
, you may use anyone
is also possible if we wish to make it more drastic.)
Nothing / Nobody (The first alternative may be better, but it depends on the context.)