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Usage Glossary: A B C D E F G H I K L M N O P Q R S T U V W Y

anybody/any body

Anybody is an indefinite pronoun referring to an unspecified person. Any body is a noun phrase referring to an arbitrary body.

When I went into the laboratory, I did not see anybody.

The grave diggers were not looking for just any body; they would be satisfied only with the body of a famous person.

See also anyone/any one and everybody/every body.

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