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    anybodies

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by zaffy, Jan 25, 2011.

    Example of using the word 'anybodies' in a sentence please.
     
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    Tough one! Without using it as a possesive, " those sluts are just a bunch of anybodies' ", I don't know if anybody can be pluralised
     
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    I think it might be.

    That coat could be anybody's. However that coat could belong to anybody flows better.

    The red carpet event was well attended, by the anybodies in showbusiness.
     
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    Depends if the OP wanted the sound or the exact word? Ending with ies and no apostrophe leaves a hole in my head :p
     
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    It depends if she is referring to anybody or an anybody.
     
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    Ohhh didn't notice this part before, this is a way to use the word without a possesive :)
     
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    Its using the phrase anybody can be an anybody. I am fairly sure anybody mean anyone is a possessive so is anybody's as it is already plural. Anybody meaning someone of importance can be anybodies if there is more than one person of importance. At least that is what my dictionary says lol
     
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    "Anybodies", meant in the sense of nondescript people is usually "nobodies", but there are other slang terms, depending on the type of person you're referencing- "suits", "lemmings", "sheep" are examples.
     
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    That's vaguely confusing stuff when you're in as an insipid mood as I am :p
     
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    'anybodies' is a word... so are 'somebodies' and 'nobodies'...

    it can be used like this:

     
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    So which is correct:
    a) That's anybody's guess
    b)That's anybodies guess

    I'd say 'a'
     
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    a) because it refers to anybody as in it could be anyone, and is already plural.

    However The anybodies could guess at something lol :)
     
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    If anybody is already plural then why the need for anybodies?
     
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    anybody has more than one meaning

    1) as a pronoun it means any person. (already plural I think)

    2) as a noun it means a person of importance (singular) - the noun has the plural anybodies.

    Anybody's guess is an idiom.

    Any Body as two seperate words means any group.
     
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    That one's new to me; I would think of "nobodies" or "somebodies", but not "anybodies".
     
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    me to but I lifted it from two dictionaries.
     

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