anybody else/nobody else?


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Toward the end of a class, the teacher may answer questions from the students. As fewer questions are posed and there is a quietness in classroom, does she say: anybody else, questions, or nobody else, questions?

Do both 'anybody else' and 'nobody else' work? Thank you.
  • cropje_jnr

    Senior Member
    English - Australia
    Both would make sense to me, although neither of these phrases constitutes a complete sentence, of course.

    "Does anybody else have any questions?" (a complete-sentence version of your first phrase) is a question formulated in a more open-ended way than "nobody else has any questions?", which is in effect just an affirmative statement asked as a question.

    As such, a native speaker would probably ask "anybody else?" if she believed there was any chance of questions being asked. "Nobody else?" would probably be reserved for situations where the question had already been asked and no-one responded (i.e. to check that there were no further questions), or where there is some other reason to believe there will be no further questions.

    Consider the difference between "are there any cookies left in the jar?" and "there are no cookies left in the jar?" as the grammatical differences are largely comparable.
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