Beginner English Grammar (A2) Lesson 15 of 25

Indefinite Pronouns

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Conversation 1

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

Conversation 2

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

Conversation 3

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

Conversation 4

Man: Did anyone call?
Woman: No. No one.
Man: Nobody called?
Woman: No. Were you expecting someone to call you?
Man: Yes, someone.
Woman: Ooh, who is this someone?
Man: Just someone. Nobody you know.

Infinitive Pronouns

Indefinite pronouns refer to unspecific items that act like a noun.

What - ( ? / -- ) anything ( ? / + ) something ( -- ) nothing

(?) Do you want anything?
(?) Do you want something?
(+) I want something to eat.
(--) I don’t want anything to drink.
(--) I have nothing to drink.

Where - ( ? / - ) anywhere ( ? / + ) somewhere ( -- ) nowhere

(?) Did you go anywhere?
(?) Did you go somewhere?
(+) I want to go somewhere.
(--) I don’t want to go anywhere.
(--) We went nowhere.

Who - ( ? / - ) anyone / ( ? / + ) someone / ( -- ) no one

(?) Do you know anyone?
(?) Do you know someone?
(+) I know someone like that.
(--) I don’t know anyone here.
(--) I know no one here.

Who - ( ? / - ) anybody / ( ? / + ) somebody / ( -- ) nobody

(?) Do you know anybody?
(?) Do you know somebody?
(+) I know somebody like that.
(--) I don’t know anybody here.
(--) I know nobody here.

Note: The words anytime, sometime, and sometimes (for when) and anyhow and somehow (for how) are used like adverbs, not like pronouns.

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