Indefinite Pronouns

Quick Grammar Lesson

ANYONE or ANYBODY? – What’s the difference between ANYONE and ANYBODY?


Both are singular pronouns. Use ANYONE when you are suggesting a person in a known group, for example, “Does anyone in this class know the capital city of Argentina?” Use ANYBODY when you are unaware of the group, as in “Has anybody ever gone thirty days without food and lived?”



SOMEBODY told me about this book. – affirmative

NOBODY likes homework. NOT Nobody doesn’t like homework. (Nobody doesn’t – double negative)

• Does ANYBODY here play chess? – questions

• Would you like SOMETHING to drink? – offers and requests

• Is there SOMETHING wrong? – when you think you know the answer

• You can ask me ANYTHING. I don’t mind – it doesn’t matter


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