Grammar | High Beginner 3

Indefinite Pronouns

Listen to four conversations using indefinite pronouns to refer to things and people.

Conversation #1
Todd: Do you want something to eat?
Katie: I want something, but not just anything.
Todd: What are you the mood for?
Katie: I’m in the mood for something spicy.
Todd: What about spicy Thai soup?
Katie: That sounds great. But you know what, anything is fine.

Conversation #2
Todd: Did you go anywhere this weekend?
Katie: Nowhere special, just the mall.
Todd: Did you buy anything?
Katie: No, I had no money.
Todd: Did you see anyone there?
Katie: No, I didn’t see anyone.

Conversation #3
Todd: Where did you go yesterday.
Katie: Nowhere.
Todd: Nowhere! Come on. I’m sure you went somewhere.
Katie: No, really, I didn’t go anywhere. I stayed home.
Todd: I didn’t go anywhere either.
Katie: My gosh. We are so boring!

Conversation #4
Todd: Did anyone call?
Katie: No. No one.
Todd: Nobody called.
Katie: No. Were you expecting someone to call you.
Todd: Yes, someone.
Katie: Ooh, who is this someone?
Todd: Just someone. Nobody you know.

Grammar Focus

Notice how we use indefinite pronouns.

anything / something / nothing
(Q) Do you want anything?
(Q) Do you want something?
(A) I want something to eat.
(N) I don’t want anything to drink.
(N) I have nothing to drink.

anywhere / somewhere / nowhere
(Q) Did you go anywhere?
(Q) Did you go somewhere?
(A) I want to go somewhere.
(N) I don’t want to go anywhere.
(N) We went nowhere.

anyone / someone / no one
(Q) Do you know anyone?
(Q) Do you know someone?
(A) I know someone like that.
(N) I don’t know anyone here.
(N) I know no one here.

anybody / somebody / nobody
(Q) Do you know anybody?
(Q) Do you know somebody?
(A) I know somebody like that.
(N) I don’t know anybody here.
(N) I know nobody here.

Answer the following questions about the interview.