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Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #117036: No one, nobody, nothing, nowhere
No one, nobody, nothing, nowhere
No one, nobody, nothing, nowhere.
No one, nobody, nothing, nowhere are indefinite pronouns.
No one, nobody, nothing, nowhere are used to refer to an absence of people, things or places. They are used with a singular verb.
-Nobody ever visits the old lady. She's very lonely.
-One normally has to wait for a long time. Nothing happens in a hurry here.
-There was nowhere we could have gone last Sunday.
The pronoun they is often used to refer back to (singular) no one or nobody when it is not known whether the person is male or female.
-No one remembers the names of the places they've visited.
No one or nobody?
No one and nobody mean the same. Nobody is a little less formal than no one. No one is used more than nobody in writing.
-We knew nobody at the ballroom competition.
-No one moved, no one said anything.
Nobody, no one, nothing, nowhere are stronger and more definite than not ... anybody/anyone/anything/anywhere.
-We did nothing (stronger than we didn't do anything).
-My friend told no one, not even his best friends. (stronger than he didn't tell anyone ... ).
Not + anyone/anything/anywhere is not used as the subject of a clause.
-Nothing will make me change the way I work.
Not: Not anything will make me change the way I work.
Nobody, no one, nothing, nowhere are not used after no, not, never or other words which have a negative meaning (hardly, seldom).
Anyone, anybody, anything, anywhere are used.
-They can't do anything to improve the current situation.
Not: They can't do nothing.
-The new student talks to hardly anyone.
Not: She talks to hardly no one.
I hope this helps.
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