SOMEBODY, SOMEONE, NOBODY….(1B1)

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DO YOU KNOW HOW TO USE INDEFINITE PRONOUNS?

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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.

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.

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 indefinite pronouns with no- as the subject in negative clauses (not pronouns with any.)

Anybody didn’t come >> Nobody came.

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

Nobody came.
Nothing happened.

https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/es/english-grammar/pronouns/indefinite-pronouns

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