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Existence of People And Objects

Usage of words indicating existence or inexistence of an object or person is similar to English, and the distinction between words of existence or inexistence is made between objects and persons. The following table illustrates the aforementioned distinction.


  Positive Negative
Para cosas



For objects Something Nothing
Para personas



For persons Somebody/Anybody Nobody



  1. There is nothing in the house No hay nada en la casa

  2. Is there something outside? ¿Hay algo afuera?

  3. There is nobody in the restroom No hay nadie en los baños

  4. Is there anybody in the room? ¿Hay alguien en la habitación?

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