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Unit 2 - Some, any + -body / -one, + -thing, + -where1


The compounds of some and any behave in the same way as some and any, 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.


Anybody, nobody and somebody mean the same as anyone, no-one and nobody respectively. No-one can also be written no one.


Any 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, anybody, nobody, something, anything, nothing, somewhere, anywhere or nowhere.

  1.  I know __________ about this issue that you may find interesting, but if I tell you, you must promise to keep it (a) secret.

  2.  __________ lives here. There is no water.

  3.  I spent the night __________ near the beach.

  4.  __________ could have jumped over this wall, and stole your rake. It's very low.

  5.  __________ scares him. He's very brave.

  6.  There is __________ to park here. Let's go __________ else to park.

  7.  Would you like __________ to wash your hands?.

  8.  May I have __________ for dessert, please?

  9.  They took him __________ in London, and he never returned.

 10.  Please don't leave __________ behind at home. We'll be away for a fortnight.

 11.  She needs __________ to love. She's very lonely.

 12.  They will not sing __________ in this city. They said that they would never come back.

 13.  There isn't __________ you can do to help them. __________ can help them.

 14.  We do not need __________ else to run this department. We can do it ourselves.

 15.  __________ is ringing the bell. Go and see who it is.

 16.  __________ phoned while we were out, but they did not leave a message.

 17.  __________ tells me that there is __________ fishy going on .

 18.  They are looking for __________ to settle down and have children. They want to find a quiet place to lead a quiet life.

 19.  "Where would you like to stay?"

       "__________ will do provided it is a clean place."

 20.  "Is there __________ at home?"

       "I don't think there is __________. Mum and dad must have gone out."


1  You may also like to see assorted exercises for beginners and some, any and every.
Written by Miquel Molina i Diez






The key:

  Please remember that instead of anybody, nobody and somebody, you may use anyone, no-one and someone respectively.

  1.  something

  2.  Nobody (Nothing is also possible if we wish to make it more drastic.)

  3.  somewhere

  4.  Anybody

  5.  Nothing / Nobody (The first alternative may be better, but it depends on the context.)

  6.  nowhere, somewhere

  7.  something

  8.  something

  9.  somewhere

 10.  anything

 11.  somebody

 12.  anywhere

 13.  anything, Nobody

 14.  anybody

 15.  Somebody

 16.  Somebody

 17.  Something, something

 18.  somewhere

 19.  Anywhere

 20.  anybody, anybody

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