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    anyone, somebody, anybody...

    Hello,
    I'm quite confused when using words like anyone, someone, everybody, everyone...
    Thanks for your help
    Sambodia

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    #2

    Re: anyone, somebody, anybody...

    Quote Originally Posted by Sambodia View Post
    Hello,
    I'm quite confused when using words like anyone, someone, everybody, everyone...
    Thanks for your help
    Sambodia
    ATTENTION: NOT A TEACHER


    (1) Kindly remember that many years ago, those words were probably spelled as

    two words: any one, some one, every body, every one. Thus you should use a singular

    verb, even though the idea of those words is plural.

    (2) Do you know anyone who speaks Russian? (question)

    No, I don't know anyone who speaks Russian. (negative)

    (3) Do you know someone who speaks Russian? (a question when you think the person with whom you are speaking probably does know a Russian-speaking person.)

    (4) Someone/somebody called on the telephone for you. I told her that you were not here and to call back in an hour. (an affirmative sentence. That is, it is not a question and not a negative sentence.)

    (5) Does someone/somebody have a birthday tomorrow? (question when you are thinking of a particular person and you know the answer is probably YES.)

    (6) Everybody/everyone needs to eat and sleep. (affirmative sentence)

    (7) Does everybody/everyone at your job have a car? (question. P.S. "have" --

    not "has" -- because it follows the auxiliary "does."

    (8) Tom: Everyone/everybody likes me.

    Mona: Not everyone/everybody likes you.

    Tom: Who doesn't like me?

    Mona: I don't!

    Tom: Why didn't anybody tell me how you felt about me?

    Mona: Because nobody/no one knew how I felt.
    Last edited by TheParser; 12-Sep-2011 at 17:31.

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    Re: anyone, somebody, anybody...

    Quote Originally Posted by Sambodia View Post
    Hello,
    I'm quite confused when using words like anyone, someone, everybody, everyone...
    Thanks for your help
    Sambodia
    And a brief note in addition to Parser's response: ......and all take a singular verb form.

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    Re: anyone, somebody, anybody...

    Thank you so much, for your helpful answer!
    Sambodia

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