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English grammar questions, answered by Alan
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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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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!