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    Question written substitute for Anybody there

    Hi,

    Is this incorrect in written English?

    Is anybody there?

    Someone told me, anybody is only used in spoken English and not used in written English?

    Is it true?

    Thanks

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    Re: written substitute for Anybody there

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    Hi,

    Is this incorrect in written English?

    Is anybody there?

    Someone told me, anybody is only used in spoken English and not used in written English?

    Is it true?

    Thanks
    Yes, it is correct. No, it's not true.

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    Re: written substitute for Anybody there

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Yes, it is correct. No, it's not true.
    1. Is anybody there?

    2. Is anyone there?

    Which one is appropriate?

    I have been told by Language Trainer that in written English sentence no 2 is appropriate not sentence no 1. Is this true?

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    Re: written substitute for Anybody there

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    1. Is anybody there?

    2. Is anyone there?

    Which one is appropriate?

    I have been told by Language Trainer that in written English sentence no 2 is appropriate not sentence no 1. Is this true?
    Both 1. and 2. are correct, I don't see why 1. would not be appropriate in written English.


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    #5

    Re: written substitute for Anybody there

    That's right.

    They are both correct. I've never even heard of any such rule.

    And neither has
    The Cambridge Guide to English Usage

    • The book is based on extensive, up-to-date corpus data rather than on the author’s personal intuition or prejudice
    • It is truly international in scope, differentiating clearly between US, UK, Canadian and Australian
    usages and referring to other regional varieties as required
    • It is clearly and accessibly written, for easy use by anybody concerned with accurate communication in English, whether as a student, a writer, or in other business and professional spheres

    (from their own introduction to their own book)
    The Cambridge Guide to English Usage - Cambridge University Press

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    Re: written substitute for Anybody there

    Maybe someone cheeky was pointing out that when, in the dark, you're asking if you're alone, you don't send a letter or pass a note. You call out loud.... Could that have been the meaning of the 'someone' who said so?

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