Indefinite Pronoun

Indefinite Pronouns with Examples

Indefinite Pronoun is the pronouns which refer to things or persons in a general way but not in particular.

We can use indefinite pronoun as countable noun or uncountable noun.

Some of the common indefinite pronouns are-

  • any
  • anybody
  • anything
  • everything
  • all
  • another
  • anyone
  • everyone
  • some
  • someone
  • somebody
  • several
  • one
  • none
  • nobody

We use indefinite pronoun to avoid repetition of noun.

Indefinite Pronouns- List and Use

We shall see list and use of indefinite pronouns with the help of examples. Most Indefinite pronouns are either singular or plural but some indefinite pronouns can be used as both singular and plural. The most common indefinite pronouns are used in the examples given below.

Keep in mind that singular indefinite pronoun is used with singular verb and plural indefinite pronoun is used with plural agreement.

Let’s see some examples of how indefinite pronouns are used as singular pronoun, plural pronoun and singular or plural indefinite pronoun.

Indefinite pronouns used as Singular

In the following examples indefinite pronouns are used as singular indefinite pronoun.

Singular Indefinite pronouns are in bold letters.

  • They got everything which they lost in journey.
  • I should know if you learned anything yesterday.
  • That is a textbook of maths, show me another.
  • One was sketching while the other painted the picture.
  • Is anybody there?
  • Everybody was present for the meeting.
  • Much has happened since we met.
  • Nobody answered his question.
  • Somebody must told him about the train.
  • Tell me something about global warming.
  • Take whatever you want.
  • Apply whichever is better.

Indefinite pronouns used as Plural

We can use indefinite pronouns  as plural indefinite pronoun.

Plural Indefinite pronouns are in bold letters.

  • I like both tea and coffee.
  • Many were present at that moment.
  • Few didn’t understand that example.
  • Several commuters preferred to travel by bus.

Indefinite pronouns used as Singular/ plural

We can also use indefinite pronouns as singular/ plural indefinite pronoun.

Singular/ plural indefinite pronouns are in bold letters.

  • Most have gained.
  • Most is thrown.
  • More are using this.
  • There is more on the table.
  • All are present.
  • All are warned.
  • Are any attending the class?
  • Is any absent?
  • None is absent today.
  • None have attended the extra class of Maths.

 We can also use most of these indefinite pronouns as Indefinite Numeral Adjectives.

 

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