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Indefinite Pronouns

Overview | Personal Pronouns | Possessive Pronouns | Reflexive Pronouns

Indefinite pronouns refer to things or people without mentioning what or who they are.

Singular:

another, anybody, anyone, anything, each, either, everybody, everyone, everything, little, much, neither, nobody, no one, nothing, one, other, somebody, someone, something

Plural: both, few, many, others, several
Singular or Plural all, any, more, most, none, some

For example:-

  • Somebody stole my car.
  • Does anybody know who she is?
  • Does anyone have something that could help me with anything?

!Note

For people we use: anybody or anyone | somebody or someone | nobody or no one
For things we use: anything, something, nothing, none

See if you can make sense of these:-

Somebody, Everybody, Anybody, and Nobody

Once there were four managers.  Their names were: Somebody, Everybody, Anybody, and Nobody.  They were very busy people, but whenever there was an important job to be done, Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did. When Nobody did it, Everybody got angry because it was Everybody's job. Everybody thought that Somebody would do it, but Nobody realized that Nobody would do it. So consequently Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done in the first place.

The competition

Now they all worked in the same company, and their company held a competition:  Who could produce the best logo?  Everybody had a good idea.  Nobody thought nobody would follow it through.  Somebody thought anybody could work on it.  Anybody thought everybody should do it.  Eveybody thought someone would do it. So nobody did anything. Everybody thought anybody could win something.  Anybody thought somebody should win.  Somebody thought everybody would win.  Nobody thought nobody would win.  What did they win? Nothing!

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