• announce
  • report
  • apologize for
  • worry about
  • take over person’s tasks
  • temporarily cover person’s job

◆Grammar tip

Use someone/anyone/no one + (to-infinitive) to talk about people.

  • I have a lot of work today, so I need someone to finish the report for me.
  • Sandra is sick today, but there isn’t anyone to take over her tasks.
  • Everyone went home, so there’s no one to help me with this.

Use something/anything/nothing + (to-infinitive) to talk about things.

  • We have something to announce.
  • Everything’s okay now. You don’t have anything to worry about.
  • Please go. There’s nothing to see here.


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  • I can’t go out this weekend. There’s no one to take care of my kids.
  • Can we go to your office? I have something to report.
  • Calm down. You don’t have anything to worry about.
  • The phone rang, but there wasn’t anyone to answer it.
  • Can I talk to you? I have something to tell you.
  • All of the Russian-speaking staff went home. There’s no body to translate the documents.