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is nobody

Post by azz » Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:12 am

a. Is nobody in the house?
b. Isn't anybody in the house?

c. Is no one with you?
d. Isn't anyone with you?

e. Is nothing going to help?
f. Isn't anything going to help?


Are all these sentences OK?

I've noticed that I always use the 'any' form in these cases. But it seems to me that they are all grammatical.

Many thanks
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Re: is nobody

Post by Bobinwales » Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:22 pm

As far as I can see they are all grammatical and usable in the right circumstances.
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Re: is nobody

Post by Phil White » Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:22 pm

The versions with negative pronouns seem to me to indicate even greater surprise, urgency or desperation than the negated versions, which are already similarly loaded compared with their positive counterparts.
  • Is anybody in the house? (neutral)
  • Isn't anybody in the house? (mild surprise)
  • Is nobody in the house? (considerable surprise or urgency)
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