Exercise 1

Choose the correct form (something, anything, nothing, etc.) to complete the dialogues below.

1 I can’t find my keys .

2 ‘What did you have to drink?’ ‘I didn’t drink ; only water.’

3 was at the party; all our friends and family were there.

4 ‘Did you see interesting at the party?’ ‘. Only boring people.’

5 robbed a bank yesterday. They took a lot of money.

6 The police think the robber is hiding in the neighbourhood.

7 ‘Have you eaten ?’ ‘. I’m very hungry.’

8 Can I stay here tonight? I have to go.’

9 I think bad has happened, because there are police officers .

10 is big in New York; the streets, the buildings, the cars, even the hamburgers.



Something, anything, nothing, etc. – grammar chart

Something, anything, nothing, etc.

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some- in affirmative sentences

We normally use something, somebody/someone, somewhere in affirmative sentences.

  • Look! There’s something under that chair.
  • Somebody called you yesterday.


any- in negative and interrogative sentences

We use anything, anybody/anyone, anywhere in negative sentences and questions.

  • There isn’t anybody in the house.
  • Is there anybody here?

But we often use something, somebody/someone, somewhere in requests and in offers, i.e. when we ask for something or offer something to someone.

  • Can somebody help me?
  • Would you like something to eat?


no- with affirmative verbs

We use nobody/no one, nothing, nowhere in sentences with an affirmative verb.

  • The sun was in my eyes and I could see nobody. (NOT I couldn’t see nobody.)
  • ‘Where have you been?’ ‘Nowhere.’


every- means ‘all’

We use everybody/everyone, everything, everywhere when we mean ‘all the people’, ‘all the things’ or ‘(in) all the places’.

  • Everybody in my class has passed the exam.’
  • ‘From the top of the mountain, we could see everything.’
  • ‘There were insects everywhere.’


Singular verbs

We use singular verbs with all these words.

  • Everything is expensive nowadays.
  • Everyone was tired.
  • Has someone seen my glasses


Something, anyone, nowhere, etc. + adjective

We can use an adjective (nice, wrong, etc.) after somethinganything, etc.

  • Can’t we go somewhere quiet?
  • I didn’t do anything wrong.


Something, anyone, nowhere, etc. + to infinitive

We can use to + infinitive after somethinganything, etc.

  • We didn’t have anywhere to go
  • I need something to do.  I’m bored.