Jemand vs. NiemandWhat's the difference?

Learn the difference between "jemand" and "niemand" in German, two pronouns that indicate somebody and nobody, respectively.

If you are learning German, you have probably encountered the pronouns jemand and niemand before.

In this blog post, we will explore the differences between jemand and niemand and give you some examples to help you understand them better.

Jemand vs Niemand

Jemand and niemand are pronouns in German that mean "somebody" and "nobody," respectively. They are used to refer to people in general and can be used in various contexts. Let's take a closer look at each of them.


Jemand is used to refer to an indefinite person or people. It is often translated as "somebody" or "someone" in English. Here are some examples:

Can somebody help me?

Kann jemand mir helfen?
Somebody stole my phone.

Jemand hat mein Handy gestohlen.
I'm looking for someone who speaks German.

Ich suche nach jemandem, der Deutsch spricht.


On the other hand, niemand is used to refer to an indefinite person or people who do not exist or are not present. It is often translated as "nobody" in English. Here are some examples:

Nobody read the book.

Niemand hat das Buch gelesen.
I don't know anybody in this city.

Ich kenne niemanden in dieser Stadt.
Nobody is perfect.

Niemand ist perfekt.

Example Dialogue

Let's see how Jemand and niemand can be used in a dialogue.

Ich habe heute Morgen ein Portemonnaie gefunden.
I found a wallet this morning.
Super! Du musst unbedingt den Besitzer finden. Jemand muss es verloren haben.
Great! You must find the owner. Someone must have lost it.
Ja, aber niemand hat bisher danach gefragt.
Yes, but no one has asked about it so far.
Vielleicht solltest du eine Anzeige schalten! Ich helfe dir.
Maybe you should post an ad! I'll help you.

In this dialogue, Paul found a wallet and Vanessa suggests that she should find someone who lost it and return it to them. However, Paul says that nobody has asked for it yet, so she might need to take other measures to find the owner.


In conclusion, Jemand and niemand are pronouns in German that are used to refer to indefinite people. While Jemand means "somebody" or "someone," niemand means "nobody."

We hope that you now have a better understanding of how to use these two pronouns correctly.

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