Are They Opposites?
'Nobody' and 'somebody' both can be either indefinite pronouns or used as nouns.
'Nobody' and 'Somebody' as Indefinite Pronouns
As an indefinite pronoun, 'nobody' means no person; 'no one'.
However, 'somebody' as an indefinite pronoun means an unspecified person.
As opposed to the example below which has the opposite meaning to the first example:
Nobody: Negative Maker
Words such as 'nobody', 'nowhere', or 'nothing' are negative makers. It means in standard English, when we use these negative makers in a sentence, we should not commonly use a negative verb.
I opened the door and said hello but there was
but there wasn’t nobody in the room.)
Somebody: Negative or Positive Statement?
We can use 'somebody' in negative questions. But in statements, 'somebody' can only be used with positive verbs (in negative statements, you should use 'anybody').
I didn't called
'Nobody' and 'Somebody' as Nouns
As a noun, 'nobody' means a person who is not important or famous, or influential.
Everyone at school, treated him like like a
Whereas, 'somebody' means a famous, renowned person, someone who is a celebrity.
He wants to be a