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    #1

    talked to nobody

    Can one use:
    1) He has talked to nobody.

    instead of:
    2) He hasn't talked to anybody.

    Can one use:
    3) Have you talked to nobody?
    instead of:
    4) Haven't you talked to anybody?

    I find '1' OK, but '3' seems a bit strange, although I understand it.

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    #2

    Re: talked to nobody

    1 is okay, though not usually natural. 3 is wrong.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: talked to nobody

    I wouldn't say that #3 is utterly wrong, but it is unnatural. It might work in a spy movie, but there are few contexts where it would work.

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    #4

    Re: talked to nobody

    I immediately thought of film dialogue for "talked to nobody". It could come up in an interrogation, for example, particularly to emphasise a previous point.

    A: Who did you talk to at the store?
    B: I didn't talk to anyone.
    A: Oh, come on, you must have talked to someone!
    B: Listen! I told you already. I talked to nobody!
    A: Not even the cashier?
    B: No! I used the self-service checkout.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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