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Pronoun

Words like 'anything, something, anyone, everyone’

What is an Indefinite Pronoun?

Indefinite pronouns refer to people or things without specifically mentioning what or who they are. The pronouns ending in -body or -one is meant for people, and those ending in -thing for items or things.

Examples:

Boy

Uses of Indefinite Pronouns

Indefinite has a variety of uses some of which include:

  1. To refer to an unknown person

    Examples:

    She saw somebody sneaking around.

  2. Refer to a general amount

    Examples:

    Most of the patients left, several are still waiting here.

  3. Referring to a totality of an absence

    Examples:

    We tried everything but nothing seems to work.

Types of Indefinite Pronouns

Indefinite pronouns can be singular, Plural, or both singular and plural.

Singular Indefinite Pronouns : When singular indefinite pronouns are used in a sentence, these words usually take a singular verb.

Any indefinite pronoun ending in –one or –the body is considered singular because it addresses each person within a group. Let us have a look at the list of singular indefinite pronouns below:

Another Less
Anybody Little
Anyone Much
Anything Neither
Each Nobody
Either No one
Enough Nothing
Everybody One
Everyone Other
Everything Somebody
Someone Something

How to Use Indefinite Singular Pronouns in Sentences?

Let us have a look at how to use the indefinite singular pronouns in sentences.

Examples:

Boy

Plural Indefinite Pronouns

Plural indefinite pronouns are considered as plural objects. When you’re not sure who or what you’re talking, about but know it’s more than one, use a plural indefinite pronoun.

Below is a list of plural indefinite pronouns.

Both
Fewer
Few
Many
Others
Several

How to Use Plural Indefinite Pronoun in Sentences?

Let us have a look at how plural indefinite pronouns are used in sentences.

Boy

Exceptions

Some definite pronouns can be both singular or plural, depending on the rest of the sentence and the noun they’re replacing. These pronouns include:

all any More/most
none some such

Examples:

  1. Some of the chocolates were missing.
  2. Some of the chocolate was missing.

The first sentence mentions losing multiple chocolates, while the second mentions one chocolate where some part of it is missing. To identify whether some is singular or plural observe the object of the preposition—chocolates or chocolate.

Common Mistakes:

Be careful with the usage of each. Although it might seem that more than one is being referred to, each is a singular pronoun and needs a singular verb. Ignore the words or phrases that come in between a singular indefinite pronoun and verb.

Examples:

Each of the new employees is supposed to attend the induction training.

Each of the new employees are supposed to attend the induction training.

Boy
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