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кто-нибудь

кто-нибудь

Russian

Pronoun

кто́-нибудь (któ-nibudʹ)

  1. (indefinite pronoun) anybody, anyone, someone or other
    Кто́-нибудь здесь был?Któ-nibudʹ zdesʹ byl? ― Has anyone been here?

Declension

* Letter "г (g)" in genitive and accusative "чего́" is pronounced as /v/, not /g/.

Usage notes

The particle -нибудь imparts a sense of indefiniteness similar to English any. The forms of кто-нибудь are usually associated with questions and negatives (like anybody), while кто-то is associated with affirmatives (like somebody).

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