2.08 Any, every, no and some

The words any, every, no and some form solid compounds when combined with body, thing and where:

  • anybody
  • everybody
  • nobody
  • somebody
  • anything
  • everything
  • nothing
  • something
  • anywhere
  • everywhere
  • nowhere
  • somewhere

However, when one is the second element, write no as a separate, unhyphenated word in all situations and write any and every as separate, unhyphenated words if one is followed by a prepositional phrase beginning with of:

  • No one came.
  • Any one of us can do it.
  • Each and every one of you must take the responsibility.


  • Someone must tell the Minister.
  • Everyone is in agreement.
  • Anyone can participate.