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Indefinites are words that refer to non-specific people or things.

someone, somebody
Somebody needs to help her.

Please give me something to write with.

My pen is somewhere in my desk but I can't find it.



Indefinite words with every- refer to all people, things, or places.

everyone, everybody
Everybody likes chocolate.

My teenage son eats everything.

Reporters have to travel everywhere.



The following indefinites are negative.

no one, nobody
Nobody is home right now.

There is nothing in that bag.

There's nowhere to eat Mexican food in this town.



The following indefinites are used with questions or negative sentences.

anyone, anybody
Can anyone help me?
Don't tell anyone the secret.

Do you want anything to eat?
I don't eat anything for breakfast.

Are you going anywhere on Saturday?
I'm not going anywhere on Saturday.



With questions you can use some- or any-, but it is more common to use any-.

Do you have something?
Do you have anything?


Double Negative

It is not considered grammatically correct to use a negative indefinite with a negative verb (although it is used in some dialects). It is called a double-negative. You can use one negative indefinite (no one, nobody, nothing, nowhere) or a negative verb with an indefinite with any- (anyone, anybody, anything, anywhere).

I have nothing.
I don't have anything.

I don't have nothing.   Not correct


Select the correct indefinite. (In some there is more than one correct answer.)

1. There isn't in the bag. It's empty.

2. Do you know who lives in Texas?

3. I don't know about that problem.

4. I'm not going on vacation because I don't have any money.
I'm going to stay at home this year.    

5. She's sad because remembered her birthday.

6. I know who speaks French. She's from Paris.

7. I'm going to buy at the store but I don't know what.

8. Where's my pen? It's in the house because I already looked there.

9. I want to go beautiful on vacation. Maybe I'll go to Puerto Rico.

10. There's in the restaurant. All of the people left.

11. Where is he? He's in the building. Maybe he's outside.

12. I hope that can help me.

13. I need to buy for my husband's birthday next week.

14. There's in the box. I can see it.

15. Do you know at this party? I don't know anybody here.


Find the Mistake

Find the errors in the sentences.  Write the sentences correctly.

She are a student. --> She is a student. 

1. I don't have nothing.

2. Everbody likes chocolate.

3. Do you have anithing? 

4. Don't tell nobody the secret.

5. Somebody need a book.


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