Compound nouns made with SOME, ANY and NO
Compound nouns with some- and any- are used in the same way as some and any.
· Someone is sleeping in my bed.
· He saw something in the garden.
· I left my glasses somewhere in the house.
· Are you looking for someone? (= I'm sure you are)
· Have you lost something? (= I'm sure you have)
· Is there anything to eat? (real question)
· Did you go anywhere last night?
· She didn't go anywhere last night.
· He doesn't know anybody here.
NOTICE that there is a difference in emphasis between nothing, nobody etc. and not ... anything, not ... anybody:
· I don't know anything about it. (= neutral, no emphasis)
· I know nothing about it (= more emphatic, maybe defensive)
SOMETHING, SOMEBODY, SOMEWHERE
· I have something to tell you.
· There is something to drink in the fridge.
· He knows somebody in New York
· Susie has somebody staying with her.
· They want to go somewhere hot for their holidays.
· Keith is looking for somewhere to live.
ANYBODY, ANYTHING, ANYWHERE
· Is there anybody who speaks English here?
· Does anybody have the time?
· Is there anything to eat?
· Have you anything to say?
· He doesn't have anything to stay tonight.
· I wouldn't eat anything except at Maxim's.
NOBODY, NOTHING, NOWHERE
· There is nobody in the house at the moment
· When I arrived there was nobody to meet me.
· I have learnt nothing since I began the course.
· There is nothing to eat.
· There is nowhere as beautiful as Paris in the Spring.
· Homeless people have nowhere to go at night.
ANYcan also be used in positive statements to mean 'no matter which', 'no matter who', 'no matter what':
· You can borrow any of my books.
· They can choose anything from the menu.
· You may invite anybodyto dinner, I don't mind.