Somebody/someone has stolen my pencil!
I didn’t speak to anybody/anyone all the week.
Did anybody/anyone see you?
No, nobody/no one saw me.
I bought something for you.
I didn’t do anything today.
Is there anything I can do for you?
No, nothing. There is nothing you can do.
Let’s go somewhere tonight.
We didn’t go anywhere this holiday.
Is there anywhere to park?
No, nowhere. There’s nowhere to park.
👉We use somebody/ someone, something, somewhere, etc with a ➕ verb when you don’t say exactly who, what or where.
👉We use anybody/anyone, anything, anywhere in questions and negatives. We can also use something in a request or offer
Can you buy me something to eat?
Would you like something to eat?.
I didn’t do anything last night (NOT I didn’t do nothing)
👉We use nobody / no one, nothing, nowhere in short answers or in a sentence with a ➕ verb.
any, anything, etc + positive verb
any, anything, etc + positive verb = it doesn’t matter what, who, etc:
✏ You can come any day (= It doesn’t matter which day you come)
✏ Anybody can come to this bar ( = it doesn’t matter who comes)
✏ I can sleep anywhere ( = it doesn’t matter where I sleep)
✏ You can bring anything ( = it doesn’t matter what you bring)