In all the examples above, the speaker's intent is to find just one individual person, not a multitude of people.
'Anybody' is a plural word. It means any possible people. We use 'anybody' to address a group of several people.
In a context where we do not intend to find only one person, we want to address a group, for example:
In the examples above, we are trying to find any and all persons who can respond, any number of people, not only one single individual.
'They' Referring back to Anyone/Anybody
Level of Formality
'Anyone' is a bit more formal than 'anybody'. 'Anyone' is used more in writing and more formal styles than 'anybody'.
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