Anyone

'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.

How to Use "Anyone" in the 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

Use

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 is interested in adopting a pet.

'Anyone' means no matter who.

Anyone with a background in teaching can apply.

'Anyone' is a subject.

We are looking for not anyone. We are looking for the best.

'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:

Hello? Is anyone out there?

'Anyone' is used with a singular verb.

Is there anyone here who knows chemistry?

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 anyone who could make this happen.

She doesn't talk to anyone.

Anyone can also be replaced with no one in negative sentences. Look:

A : Anyone can succeed.

B : But no one can thrive.

Tip

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:

Anyone would believe us, wouldn't they?

Anyone who wants to succeed should do their best.

I don't know anyone in here, so I cannot talk to them.

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