Nobody vs. No Body
'No body understands' or 'Nobody understands'? Are both these sentences correct? Do they have the same meaning? Let's see.
Is 'No Body' a Word?
'No body' is not a single word. In fact, it is a noun phrase comprised of two words: 'no' and 'body'.
The word 'body' can mean many different things based on the context. For example, it can mean:
- a human's body,
- the body of a plane,
- the body of government,
- the body of a text, etc.
The police searched everywhere, but
Here, 'body' means the dead body of a person.
Inserting Words between 'No' and 'Body'
Because they are two separate words, we can insert other words between 'no' and 'body'.
Nobody: Indefinite Pronoun
'Nobody' is an indefinite pronoun that refers to the lack of a person or people, for example:
It can also be a noun, referring to a person who with no importance or influence, as in:
He felt like a
'Nobody' Is a Negative Marker
'Nothing' and 'nobody' are negative pronouns; therefore, you should NOT use them with negative verbs.
doesn't understand how I'm ...)