Indefinite Pronouns Chart, Definition, Examples And Exercise

By | April 24, 2018

You learned in an earlier lesson that indefinite pronouns fall into three categories: some are singular, some plural, and others fall into either category depending on the context of the sentence. When using an indefinite pronoun and a possessive pronoun in the same sentence, people often choose the plural possessive pronoun their, but that’s not always the correct choice. Singular indefinite pronouns take singular possessives, and plural indefinite pronouns take plural possessives.

  • Each cowboy and horse drank his fill at the desert oasis.
                                       Indefinite Pronouns
                     Singular Plural Singular or plural
Another

Each

Either

Much

Neither

One

another

Anybody, anyone, anything

Everybody, everyone, everything

Nobody, no one, nothing

Somebody, someone, something

 

Both

Few

Many

Others

several

 

All

Any

More

Most

None

someone

Sometimes an indefinite pronoun is followed by a prepositional phrase like this: of the + noun. Beware of this type of phrase. The indefinite and possessive pronouns still need to agree in number. It doesn’t matter whether the noun in of the + noun is singular or plural. Look at the examples below to get a better understanding of how to handle this type of phrase.

  • Many have expressed their views.

With pronouns that can be either singular or plural, you need to look closely at the prepositional phrase of the + noun in order to determine whether the meaning is singular or plural.

  • All of the people clapped their hands.
  • All of the dogs had their walks in the morning.

Find out Pronoun from the examples for exercise:

  • Everybody in the cast has already put on his or her costume.
  • Everyone on the girl’s team is wearing her uniform.
  • Both passed their certification exam.
  • Jolanta tasted several of the dessert and found them delicious.
  • All of the paint has lost its shine.
  • None of the music lived up to its reputations.
  • None of the candidates did well in their interviews.
  • None of the candidates did well in his or her interview.
  • Someone called to tell me the horrible news.
  • Everyone knows it is impolite to point at someone.
  • All are welcome to the birthday party tonight.
  • Anyone can play the game as long as they the rules.
  • Does anybody have a clue where the dog went?
  • Everyone knows it is impolite to point at someone.
  • Everyone had a great time at the Christmas party.
  • Someone called to tell me the horrible news.
  • I knocked on the door , but there was not anybody I knew.
  • Someone will do anything to gain the attention there.
  • Someone walked past the window and shouted.
  • I really just needed some time away from everyone.

Indefinite Pronouns Chart, Definition, Examples And Exercise 2018

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