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Is this really a joke or real life?
This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody.
There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody's job. Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it.
It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.
Here you can practise compounds with EVERY- SOME- ANY- and NO- with BODY (you can also make compounds with THING, WHERE, etc.)
We use SOMEBODY in affirmative sentences, ANYBODY in negative and interrogative sentences and NOBODY in negative sentences when the verb is affirmative:
- Somebody phoned you yesterday.
- I didn't see anybody there. Did you see anybody?
- I didn't see anybody (negative verb) = I saw nobody (affirmative verb).
But ANYBODY is also used in another way, because ANY can also be used in affirmative sentences with the meaning of "it's not important which one or who":
- That is so easy! anybody can do it.
- If you open the door, anybody can come in.
AN IMPORTANT JOB TO BE DONE= An important job that must be done (it's necessary to do it).
SURE= We can pronounce this word /ʃʊə*/, but in modern English we usually say /ʃɔ:*/.
REALIZE= If you realize something you understand it correctly (through a mental process).
END UP= If something ends up in a particular situation, that situation is the result of it.
BLAME= To blame somebody is to say that the problem is that person's fault.