Jumat, 23 November 2012

Indefinite Pronouns

An indefinite pronoun refers to something that is not definite or specific or exact. The indefinite pronouns are all, another, any, anybody, anyone, anything, each, everybody, everyone, everything, few, many, nobody, none, one, several, some, somebody, someone, These indefinite pronouns can also be used as indefinite adjectives in some cases.

 Some, any + -body / -one, + -thing, + -where

The compounds of some and any behave in the same way as some and any, that is to say, some-, in affirmative sentences and, any-, in negatives and questions, although we use some- in the interrogative to offer something, to ask for something or when we expect a positive response.

The examples in the sentences below show the indefinite pronouns in intalics.

  • All are welcome to attend the concert.

  • Mary gave the book to another.

  • I don’t have any.

  • Does anybody have a clue?

  • Anyone can play that game.

  • Peter didn’t see anything suspicious.

  • Each brought a dish to pass.

  • Everybody left town for the weekend.

  • Everyone enjoyed the movie.

  • Everything is taken care of.

  • Few visited that park.

  • Many called for information.

  • Jennifer told nobody her secret.

  • None came forward to claim the prize.

  • One could see the mountains from miles away.

  • Several signed the card.

  • The room is too gloomy for some.

  • Somebody called the store.

  • Joe gave the form to someone

    •   I saw somebody there. 
    • I did not see anybody there.

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