Anybody vs. Nobody

Both 'anybody' and 'nobody' are what we call indefinite pronouns in the English language. But what is their difference? Are they interchangeable?

"Anybody" vs. "Nobody" in the English Grammar

What Is Their Main Difference?

The difference between 'anybody' and 'nobody' as pronouns is that 'anybody' is any one out of an indefinite number of persons, while 'nobody' is not any person. It is the logical negation of 'somebody'.


'Anybody' means any random person out of an indefinite number of persons. We use 'anybody' to address a group of several people, for example:

Is there anybody who can speak French?

Anybody can use this area. It's not restricted.


'Nobody' shows absence of a person. It works as a singular pronoun in sentences. Note that when we have 'nobody' in a sentence, the verb should not be in negative form.

Nobody agreed to my proposal.

Nobody realizes how bad things are.

Bottom Line

anybody = any person
nobody = no person


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