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PRONOUNS : What is a Pronoun? : Personal Pronouns : Interrogative Pronouns : Indefinite Pronouns : Demonstrative Pronouns : Relative Pronouns : Compound Pronouns : Gender Forms of Pronouns : Troublesome Pronouns

What are Indefinite Pronouns?

What are Indefinite Pronouns? EX.— You may all leave the library.
EX.— You are both to pay.
EX.—Many were invited, but few arrived.
EX.— None of these will do.
EX.— One of the girls brought this music.
EX.— Several of the racers were injured.
EX.— I will send another tomorrow.
EX.— Some of you bring the computers.
EX.— I have not any left.
EX.— Either of them will do.
EX.— I will carry one of the chairs, and you can carry the other.
EX.— I did not say anything to anybody.

In the sentences above, the italicized words are pronouns. We have replaced the nouns for pronouns; however, they differ from other pronouns because they refer indefinitely to their antecedent nouns.

We call a pronoun that hints at the identity (expressed or implied) of one or more unspecified beings, objects, or places as an indefinite pronoun.

English grammar has five personal pronouns, four relative, three interrogative, and two demonstrative. Besides these, we have about forty words having the nature of pronouns, adjectives, and nouns. For simplicity, we call them indefinite pronouns. They are: each, either, neither, some, any, many, few, all, both, one, none, aught, naught, someone, something, somebody, anyone, anything, anybody, everyone, everything, everybody, nothing, nobody, somewhat, such, other, each other, one another, same, several, and similar words.

NOTE.— Be careful that the pronoun agrees with its antecedent in person, gender, and number.

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PRONOUNS : What is a Pronoun? : Personal Pronouns : Interrogative Pronouns : Indefinite Pronouns : Demonstrative Pronouns : Relative Pronouns : Compound Pronouns : Gender Forms of Pronouns : Troublesome Pronouns