INDEFINITE PRONOUNS AND ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

An Indefinite Pronoun is all about not referring to any specific person, thing or amount. This kind of Pronoun refers to something vague and ‘not definite’. 

Let us take a look at some indefinite pronouns:

  • All, another, any, anybody/anyone, anything, each, everyone/everybody, everything, few, many, nobody, none, one, several, some, somebody/someone.

Remember that many of the indefinite pronouns have a function as other parts of speech. Let us understand with some examples:

  • Everybody likes another round of drinks. (adjective)
  • He teaches one student in the morning and another in the evening. (pronoun)

The majority of the indefinite pronouns are either singular or plural, but the catch here is that some of them can be singular in one context and plural in another context. 

Let us take a look at the most common indefinite pronouns. See to it that a singular pronoun takes a singular verb and any of the personal pronouns should agree in the case of number and gender. 

  1. Each of the students has a teacher.
  2. I saw two boys on the street. One gave me a terrible look. 

Similarly, plural pronouns need plural agreement too:

  1. Many have filled the form.

Here are some more examples of Indefinite Pronouns:

  1. That drink was good. Can I have another?
  2. Can anyone pass my bag?
  3. Each one has their own opinion.
  4. Enough is enough.
  5. Less is more.
  6. Much has happened since we left the town.

EXERCISE QUESTIONS

Complete the exercise on paper or on a book and keep it for your future reference.

  1. An ______ pronoun takes the place of a specific person, thing or amount. (personal, reciprocal, indefinite)
  2. ‘Less is more’ is an example of a reciprocal pronoun. ( true/false)
  3. The common phrase ________ contains only one indefinite pronoun. (Less is more, Enough is enough, Better than nothing)
  4. Which is correct? ‘There are 5 teachers and ______ has its own way of teaching.’ (each, every, some)

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