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No one vs. anyone #1 (permalink) Wed Sep 13, 2006 19:46 pm   No one vs. anyone
 

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #103 "Agatha Christie test questions", question 9

Agatha Christie didn't tell ......... why she disappeared in December 1926.

(a) someone
(b) anyone
(c) no one

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #103 "Agatha Christie test questions", answer 9

Agatha Christie didn't tell anyone why she disappeared in December 1926.

Correct answer: (b) anyone
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Could you explain me what is the difference between no one and anyone?

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No one vs. anyone #2 (permalink) Fri Sep 15, 2006 11:43 am   No one vs. anyone
 

No one (or 'nobody') means 'no person' and is used in positive sentences:

    There's no one there.
    No one/nobody's perfect.


Anyone (or 'anybody') means 'some person' and is used in questions and negatives:

    Has anyone seen Agatha?
    She won't speak to anyone
    .


NB: Double negatives are usually avoided in English. You should say either 'I saw no one there' or 'I didn't see anyone there'.
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