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Postby Sang-heui, Kim » Wed Sep 15, 2004 3:20 pm

:D
Hi,

I am wondering about below question.

Anybody didn't come.
Somebody didn't come.

In questions and negatives we more often use any, anybody etc.
But why the first sentence is incorrect?

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Postby Alan » Thu Sep 16, 2004 2:49 am

You can't make an indefinite pronoun (anyone, anybody, anything) the subject of a negative verb, except - in casual usage - when preceded by 'just', as in

'Just anybody' didn't come - Brad Pitt came!
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