Indefinite Pronoun

Indefinite Pronouns with Examples

Indefinite Pronoun is the pronoun 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.

Indefinite Pronoun – list

We use some indefinite pronouns in our daily life. Here is a list of some common indefinite pronouns.

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

We use these to avoid repetition of noun.

Indefinite Pronouns- Use

We shall see the use of indefinite pronouns with the help of examples.

Most of these are either singular or plural. We can use some of them as singular as well as plural.

The most common indefinite pronouns are used in the examples given below.

Keep in mind that we can use singular indefinite pronoun with singular verb and plural indefinite pronoun with plural agreement.

Let’s see some examples of use of these words as singular, plural and singular or plural.

♦ Indefinite pronouns used as singular

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

These 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

Like use of these pronouns as singular, we can also use indefinite pronouns as plural.

Here are some examples. In these examples, these pronouns are used as plural. 

These are in bold letters.

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  • 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 these as singular and plural.

Singular and plural unspecified 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 pronouns as Indefinite Numeral Adjectives.

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