Nobody

'Nobody' is an indefinite pronoun that refers to an absence of people. In this part, we will go through its uses and grammatical rules in English grammar.

How to Use "Nobody" in the English Grammar

Nobody is an indefinite pronoun that means 'no person.' In this lesson, we will discuss when and how to use it.

'Nobody' as an Indefinite Pronoun

Use

Nobody as an indefinite pronoun is used to refer to the absence of a group of people. Take a look at the following examples:

Nobody is coming to save us.

Nobody asked for your opinion, Karen.

Position in a Sentence

Nobody as an indefinite pronoun replaces the subject or the object. It is always used with a singular verb. For example:

Nobody could process what was happening.

'Nobody' is a subject.

I know nobody.

'Nobody' is an object.

Nobody was there.

Double Negation with 'Nobody'

Nobody is never used with negative verbs except in African-American dialect. Have a look:

I ain't noticed nobody.

'Nobody' as a Noun

Nobody as a noun means a person of no importance. It is a countable noun and can take 's.' Take a look at the following example:

You need to stop dating nobodies.

Tip

No one 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:

Nobody knows how to respect their teachers.

Nobody is there. Are they?

I knew nobody in the party, so I started talking to all of them.

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