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  • Something, anything, nothing, etc.

    Exercise 1

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

    1I 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.

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

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

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

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

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


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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, infinitive

    We can use to + infinitive after somethinganything, etc.

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