IN ORDER TO HELP YOU UNDERSTAND A LITTLE BIT MORE
ABOUT INDEFINITE PRONOUNS,
HERE GOES AN EXERCISE WITH ANSWERS
I HOPE THEY HELP YOU.
Fill in the gaps with somebody, anybody, nobody, something, anything, nothing, somewhere, anywhere or nowhere.
1. I know __________ about this issue that you may find interesting, but if I tell you, you must promise to keep it (a) secret.
2. __________ lives here. There is no water.
3. I spent the night __________ near the beach.
4. __________ could have jumped over this wall, and stole your rake. It's very low.
5. __________ scares him. He's very brave.
6. There is __________ to park here. Let's go __________ else to park.
7. Would you like __________ to wash your hands?.
8. May I have __________ for dessert, please?
9. They took him __________ in London, and he never returned.
10. Please don't leave __________ behind at home. We'll be away for a fortnight.
11. She needs __________ to love. She's very lonely.
12. They will not sing __________ in this city. They said that they would never come back.
13. There isn't __________ you can do to help them. __________ can help them.
14. We do not need __________ else to run this department. We can do it ourselves.
15. __________ is ringing the bell. Go and see who it is.
16. __________ phoned while we were out, but they did not leave a message.
17. __________ tells me that there is __________ fishy going on .
18. They are looking for __________ to settle down and have children. They want to find a quiet place to lead a quiet life.
19. "Where would you like to stay?"
"__________ will do provided it is a clean place."
20. "Is there __________ at home?"
"I don't think there is __________. Mum and dad must have gone out."
Key: (Please remember that instead of anybody, nobody and somebody, you may use anyone, no-one and someone respectively.)
2. Nobody (Nothing is also possible if we wish to make it more drastic.)
5. Nothing / Nobody (The first alternative may be better, but it depends on the context.)
6. nowhere, somewhere
13. anything, Nobody
17. Something, something
20. anybody, anybody
Written by Miquel Molina i Diez (Polseguera.com)