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Indefinite pronouns

Level: beginner

Some of the indefinite pronouns in English are:

anybody everybody nobody somebody
anyone everyone no one someone
anything everything nothing something

We use indefinite pronouns to refer to people or things without saying exactly who or what they are. We use pronouns ending in -body or -one for people, and pronouns ending in -thing for things:

Everybody enjoyed the concert.
I opened the door but there was no one at home.
It was a very clear day. We could see everything.

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We use a singular verb after an indefinite pronoun:

Everybody loves Sally.
Everything was ready for the party.

When we refer back to an indefinite pronoun, we normally use a plural pronoun:

Everybody enjoyed the concert. They stood up and clapped.
I will tell somebody that dinner is ready. They have been waiting a long time.

Be careful!

In negative clauses, we use pronouns with no-, not pronouns with any-:

Nobody came. (NOT Anybody didn't come.)

We do not use another negative in a clause with nobody, no one or nothing:

Nobody came. (NOT Nobody didn't come.)
Nothing happened. (NOT Nothing didn't happen.)

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We can add 's to an indefinite pronoun to make a possessive:

They were staying in somebody's house.
Is this anybody's coat?

We use else after indefinite pronouns to refer to other people or things:

All the family came, but no one else.
If Michael can't come, we'll ask somebody else.
I think this is somebody else's coat.


Could you tell me what is the difference between somebody and someone?
Thank you in advance!

Hello Murysya!
If you look in the dictionary - we have a dictionary box on the right - you'll see that the definition for somebody says (also someone). This means they are basically the same meaning! Someone is a little more formal than somebody, that's all.

Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team

Some body using for plural and Some one using for singular  .

Can I write in this form?
Can somebody lend me some money? instead of using "anybody"

You can certainly say that and the meaning is almost the same. 'Anybody' suggests to me that you don't care who lends you the money. Using 'somebody' suggests that you are addressing a specific group of people.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

So why is the answer incorrect when I choose "somebody"? I think there are two options for this question.
Cause when the answer is incorrect, I just think "ah, i can't use somebody in this situation" - so maybe I'll make mistake whenever I see it again.

this chapter need to rewrite with more explication because i can't understand exactly what it means 

i cant understanding all this
can anyone expain me how to learn

I did all corect. :)

explain for me please,
what's wrong in this sentence:there's nothing strange about that man