Last Updated : 27 Dec 2018

INDEFINITE PRONOUN

Definition :
Indefinite Pronouns, which refer to persons or things in a general or indefinite way.

Pronoun that typically indicates an unspecified, even generic, person or thing. A pronoun or determiner with indefinite meaning; a quantifier. The indefinite pronouns and determiners are :

e.g

Pronouns
anybodyeverybodynobodysomebody
anyoneeveryoneno onesomeone
anythingeverythingnothingsomething
Determiners
alaneveryno
Both Pronouns and Determiners
anyeitherfewestleast
muchsomeallenough
halfmanyneitherboth
(a) few(a) littlemoreone
eachfewerlessmost
several

Indefinite pronouns are divided into two categories:

(i) The Antecedent-Bearing Indefinite Pronoun . (ii) The Antecedentless Indefinite Pronouns.

Antecedent-Bearing Indefinite Pronoun
one

e.g: I like this house better than the other one.

Antecedent-Bearing Indefinite Pronoun
somebody
how
one
thing
where
anybody
how
one
thing
where

Indefinite Pronouns are listed here in three groups.

SINGULAR INDECATORS
anybodyanyoneanything
everybodyeveryoneeverything
somebodysomeonesomething
anothereacheither
neithernobodynothing
noneone

The Plural Indicators are used with things that can be counted.

e.g.: All of the chairs are broken.

PLURAL INDECATORS
allanyboth
enoughfewmore
noneplentyseveral
some

The Portion Indicators are singular, and are used with things that cannot be counted.

e.g.: All of the water is pure.

PORTION INDECATORS
allanyenough
lesslittlemore
muchplentynone
some

Common e.g.

All are quite safe
Many were rescused from the flood
Some are born great
Few escaped unhurt
None of them was clever
I did not see any of them
Do good to others
One should love one’s neighbour
Much can be said on both sides
Little was known to him about the accident
Several of them stood up
Anybody can do this work
Everyone of you must attend the meeting
Everybody knows him very well
Nothing more was known about him
No one came to receive him
Someone should do this work
Somebody has stolen my watch
Something is better than nothing

 

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