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b2 B2. Intermedio avanzado - Usos y diferencias entre palabras
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Indefinite pronouns

We use indefinite pronouns to refer a person, thing, or place that is not known or specified.

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Indefinite pronouns are composed of two parts.

  1. The first part talks about a number of elements.
  2. The second part lets us know if the pronoun refers to a person, thing, or place.

We always use a singular verb after an indefinite pronoun.

Everybody, Everyone, Everything, Everywhere:

We use these pronouns to refer a completed number of persons, things, and places. For example:

  • Everybody came to the party. (All of the people on the guest list came to the party.)
  • Everyone cheered the local team in the game.
  • There are butterflies everywhere.
  • We will buy everything for tomorrow's barbecue.

Somebody, Someone, Something, Somewhere:

  • Is somebody calling?
  • I want to eat something sweet.
  • That building is somewhere between the 4th and 5th Avenue.
  • Someone stole the jewels.

Anybody, Anyone, Anything, Anywhere:

  • Is anybody here?
  • Has anyone called yet?
  • Is there anything I can do for you?
  • I could go anywhere far from here.

Nobody, No one, Nothing, Nowhere:

We use these pronouns to deny or refer to an absence of persons, things, and places.

  • As usual, he says nothing to me.
  • Nobody came to the funeral.
  • No one will believe me. My day was unbelievable.
  • He has nowhere to spend the night. 

The pronouns ending in -body and -one  mean the same. The only difference between them is that -body is used in informal context, while -one is used in formal writing.  

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