Spanish word of the week: nadie

nadie PRONOUN nobody; anybody

The usual translation for the word nadie is nobody:

Nadie habló. Nobody spoke.
No había nadie. There was nobody there.

However, unlike English, Spanish tends to use double negatives, as you can see below:

No lo sabe nadie más. Nobody else knows.

When this happens, that is, when there is a negative statement, the word nadie is translated as anybody:

No le gusta que nadie le contradiga. He doesn’t like anybody contradicting him.

When nadie is used as an object pronoun, a has to go before it:

No quiere ver a nadie. He doesn’t want to see anybody.

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