everybody, nobody, anybody, somebody are they plural or s?

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everybody, nobody, anybody, somebody are they plural or s?

Postby DmitryL » Sun Apr 29, 2012 2:44 pm

Hello,

In Russian some of those words are plural (everybody) and some are singular(anybody, somebody) and so we use the appropriate conjugation.
So when I try to speak English I always stop and wonder how should I say 'Is there anybody ...?' or 'Are there anybody..?', 'Everybody was ...' or 'Everybody were ...'. Please, tell me this for sure :)

Thank you very much,
Dmitry

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Re: everybody, nobody, anybody, somebody are they plural or

Postby Josef » Mon Apr 30, 2012 6:10 am

They are singular.

Everybody is here. :ok:
Nobody is here. :ok:
Is anybody here? :ok:
Somebody is here. :ok:

It's impossible to use these in the plural.


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