'Anyone' refers to an unlimited set of things or groups of people. In this part, we will go through its uses and grammatical rules in English grammar.
Anyone is an indefinite pronoun used to refer to an unlimited group of people or things. In this lesson, we will discuss when and how to use it.
'Anyone' as an Indefinite Pronoun
Anyone as an indefinite pronoun replaces nouns. In other words, it acts as a subject or an object. For example:
We are willing to help if
'Anyone' means no matter who.
'Anyone' is a subject.
We are looking for not
'Anyone' is an object here.
Position in a Sentence
Anyone as an indefinite pronoun replaces the subject or the object. It is always used with a singular verb. For example:
'Anyone' is used with a singular verb.
Remember that anyone is an indefinite pronoun with a positive meaning. So, to make it negative, we need a negative verb. Remember that in this case, anyone normally acts as an object. Take a look:
I don’t know
She doesn't talk to
Anyone can also be replaced with no one in negative sentences. Look:
Anyone can be replaced with they when it is repeated in a sentence. Accordingly, its object pronoun is 'them', its possessive determiner is 'their', and its possessive pronoun is 'theirs.' Look:
I don't know