Using nadie to say no one, nobody and anyone

We use the indefinite pronoun nadie to say no one, nobody and anyone.

Read and listen to these examples:

Yo no vi a nadie en la calle.
I didn't see anyone in the street.

Miguel no habla con nadie.
Miguel doesn't talk to anyone.

In the examples above, we use nadie preceded by the negation no + verb. In this case, we translate nadie as anyone in English. This is because the literal double negative translation of I did not see no one is more correctly translated as I did not see anyone.

Nadie ha traído regalos a la fiesta.
No one brought presents to the party.

Nadie sabía la respuesta correcta.
Nobody knew the right answer.

In this case, observe that nadie is placed at the front of the sentence meaning no one and nobody in English.

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Examples and resources

Miguel no habla con nadie.
Miguel doesn't talk to anyone.


Nadie ha traído regalos a la fiesta.
No one brought presents to the party.


Nadie sabía la respuesta correcta.
Nobody knew the right answer.


Yo no vi a nadie en la calle.
I didn't see anyone in the street.


Q&A

Clara

Kwiziq community member

7 August 2018

2 replies

A question about one of the example sentences used to explain 'nadie'.

Hi, 

In the example sentence, 'Nadie ha traído regalos a la fiesta', please could you tell me why ha, which I think is from the auxiliary verb 'haber', is used? 

Thanks, Clara.

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

7 August 2018

7/08/18

Hola Clara

The reason why you see "ha" in "ha traído" is because, as you say, we are using the Present perfect tense in Spanish, with auxiliary verb haber. But the English sentence takes the Preterite (simple past), "brought", because it is a more natural way to translate it. 

If we translated it literally we would then say "ha traído" = "has brought"

In Spanish we tend to use the Present Perfect a lot more than in English. 

Here is a lesson that can help you with this:

https://spanish.kwiziq.com/revision/grammar/when-to-use-the-perfect-versus-the-simple-past-tense-in-spanish-perfecto-vs-indefinido

Un saludo

Inma

Clara

Kwiziq community member

7 August 2018

7/08/18

Hola Imma,

Thank you very much for your reply and explanation, it is much appreciated.

I will certainly study the lesson you have suggested. 

Saludos

Clara

Clever stuff underway!