Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 65 – Grammar – Indeterminate Pronouns: Some, Any, No, Every

Oh, this is going to be a great one! Most students around the world don’t understand these, so I’m here today to talk about them and make you understand them.

  1. You never planned on buying anything.
  2. Anybody who walks past can smell the roses.
  3. Nobody can go inside!
  4. You need somewhere to put your belongings.
  5. Fill the cans with something heavy.
  6. Everybody goes to the mall on the weekend.

Rules

  1. We use pronouns with some (in affirmative sentences and in offers and requests).
  2. We use pronouns with any (in negative sentences, questions, and in affirmative sentences when it means it doesn’t matter who, what, were.)
  3. We use pronouns with no (with affirmative verbs because the meaning of the pronoun is already negative)
  4. We use pronouns with every (in all types of sentences)

Fill in the chart below.

some-any-no-every-
somethinganything
anybody/anyonenobody/no-oneeverybody/everyone
somewhere
  1. I’ve finished my homework. I’ve done anything/everything.
  2. Who’s upstairs? I can hear somebody/anybody.
  3. Where are my keys? I can’t find them somewhere/anywhere.
  4. She’s really angry. No-one/anyone is talking to her.
  5. Why are you so worried today? Is nothing/anything wrong?
  6. I went to the mall yesterday with a friend and everybody/anybody had a great time.
  7. Excuse me everyone/no-one! Does anyone/everyone know who this is?
  8. That’s weird. There isn’t anyone/anybody here.

Podcast

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