Is it possible to shorten the phrase, when the context is clear about the place?

He opened the door. Nobody was there. -> He opened the door. Nobody.

Or is there a better short term in English? Is nothing an option since we suppose the absence of a person, but there are literally empty space?

P.S. I searched Google books and context translators for this, but they don't show the results I need. Search in dictionaries suppose that no one and nobody are the best options.

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    You can write in any style you like. This is not something you can look up. At all. :)
    – Lambie
    Sep 1, 2022 at 14:20
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    Some people will say "Nobody." is not a complete sentence because it has no verb. Other people will say that sort of thing is fine, and it is common, especially in fiction. If you're writing for a teacher/professor/editor, find out what they think. Else, you can do what you like.
    – Stuart F
    Sep 1, 2022 at 14:50
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    There was nobody there might be the most conventional way to say it, but if it's narrative written in the style that quotes the protagonist's thoughts, Nobody is fine. Sep 1, 2022 at 15:13

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If the narrative has made clear that the protagonist is checking for someone, then it sounds OK to shorten it to "Nobody" or "No one". Or an idiom to add emphasis: "Not a soul", "Nobody/not a person in sight".

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