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Lesson Thirteen

anyone and anybody

(indefinite pronouns)

write

singular

subject object possessive adjective possessive pronoun reflexive pronoun

anyone anybody

anyone anybody

anyone's anybody's

anyone's anybody's

X

Use "anyone" or "anybody" when asking questions about a person, or use these pronouns when a verb is negative.

subject = anyone or anybody

 

  • Is anyone inside the sauna?

Use "anyone" or "anybody" when asking questions.

sauna

anyone / anybody

 

  • No, there isn't anyone inside.
Use "anyone" or "anybody" with negative verbs.
sauna

 

  • A: Who can be successful in the United States?
  • B: Anyone! It just takes a lot of hard work.
anyone = one person or any person.

 

student

"Anyone" could be you or me.

object = anyone or anybody

 

  • I don't see anyone in the street.
  • Do you see anybody?

 

If you said, "I don't see someone," that's not correct. "Someone" sounds strange with negative verbs.

street

The street is empty.

possessive adjective = anyone's or anybody's

  • Anyone's son or daughter may join the orchestra at this school.

 

anyone's

Real talent is not essential.

possessive pronoun = anyone's or anybody's

  • A: Whose footprints are these?
  • B: I don't know. They could be anybody's.

anybody's footprints

 

reflexive pronoun = 0

 

X

 

Remember:

1. There's really no difference between the words "anyone" and "anybody."

2. Use "anybody" or "anyone" when asking questions or making a verb negative.

  • Is anybody home?
  • There isn't anyone in the office.

3. The 's is used for contractions and for possessive forms.

  • Do you think anybody's home?
  • (anybody's = anybody is)
  • It's anyone's guess what happens next.
  • (anyone's = possessive adjective)
  • I don't think anyone's read this book.
  • (anyone's = anyone has)

4. Don't confuse "anyone" with "any one." As two words, "any one" means there's no particular thing or person.

  • Any one of the candidates is qualified for the job.
  • You may have any one of those books. They're free, but please choose just one.

 

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Aqua Level Exercise 13

write Write these sentences and questions in your notebook. Fill in the blanks with....

anyone      anyone's    

 

1. Does __________ want to get a pizza?

2. Is this __________ chair?

3. I don't think __________home.

4. She'll marry __________ at this point.

5. Is that __________ dog?

6. We can't find ___________ to help us.

7. You can't rely on __________ but yourself.

8. He won't accept __________ help.

9. __________ better than no one when it comes to teaching this class

10. I don't know __________ name in this class.

 

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Answers: 1. anyone; 2. anyone's; 3. anyone's; 4. anyone; 5. anyone's; 6. anyone; 7. anyone; 8. anyone's; 9. Anyone's; 10. anyone's.

Answers to 2, 5, 8, and 10 are possessive.

Answers to 3 and 9 are contractions for anyone is.

 

 

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