• English grammar
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  • 1 English alphabet
  • 2 English pronunciation and phonetics [0/3]
  • 3 English articles [0/9]
  • 4 English pronouns [0/39]
  • 4.1 English personal pronouns [0/3]
  • 4.2 English impersonal pronouns (it, there, ...) [0/4]
  • 4.3 English object pronouns [0/3]
  • 4.4 English possessive pronouns [0/5]
  • 4.5 English reflexive pronouns [0/4]
  • 4.6 English reciprocal pronouns [0/4]
  • 4.7 English demonstrative pronouns [0/3]
  • 4.8 English relative pronouns [0/4]
  • 4.9 English indefinite pronouns [0/5]
  • 4.10 English interrogative pronouns [0/4]
  • 5 English nouns [0/16]
  • 6 English adjectives [0/38]
  • 6.1 Adjectives of quality in English [0/4]
  • 6.2 Demonstrative adjectives in English [0/4]
  • 6.3 Possessive adjectives in English [0/4]
  • 6.4 Quantity adjectives in English [0/4]
  • 6.5 Interrogative adjectives in English [0/4]
  • 6.6 Numeral adjectives in English [0/8]
  • 6.7 Comparatives and superlatives [0/10]
  • 7 English adverbs [0/18]
  • 8 English prepositions [0/12]
  • 9 English verbs [0/122]
  • 9.1 Present tenses in English [0/29]
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  • 9.1.1 Present simple tense in English [0/5]
  • 9.1.2 Present continuous tense in English [0/4]
  • 9.1.3 Present simple vs present continuous in English [0/4]
  • 9.1.4 Present perfect tense in English [0/4]
  • 9.1.5 Present perfect continuous tense in English [0/4]
  • 9.1.6 Difference past simple and present perfect in English [0/4]
  • 9.2 Past tenses in English [0/20]
  • 9.3 Future tenses in English [0/21]
  • 9.4 Auxiliary verbs in English [0/9]
  • 9.5 Present participle in English [0/3]
  • 9.6 Past participle in English [0/3]
  • 9.7 Modal verbs in English [0/11]
  • 9.8 Phrasal verbs in English [0/3]
  • 9.9 Regular verbs in English [0/3]
  • 9.10 Irregular verbs in English [0/3]
  • 9.11 Gerund (-ing form) in English [0/8]
  • 9.12 Infinitive verbs in English [0/3]
  • 9.13 Imperative in English [0/2]
  • 9.14 Reported speech in English [0/2]
  • 9.15 Active and passive voice in English [0/2]
  • 10 English conditionals [0/20]
  • English indefinite pronouns

    What are indefinite pronouns?

    Indefinite pronouns as the name suggest do not refer to a specific place, thing, person nor quantity. They can be both countable and noncountable. The majority of them are formed from a specific stem (any-, some-, every-,no-) completed with the endings of -one, -body, -where and -thing. 

    Indefinite pronouns list

    Stem / Ending -one -body -where -thing
    Any- Anyone Anybody Anywhere Anything
    Some Someone Somebody Somewhere Something
    Every Everyone Everybody Everywhere Everything
    No No one Nobody Nowhere Nothing

    These are the most commonly used indefinite pronouns. We use the one with the endings "one" and "body" to refer to people. Whereas "thing" is for objects and actions, and "where" for unknown locations.

    Use of indefinite pronouns

    • "Any" and its compounds are used with affirmative, negative, and interrogative phrases. 
    • "Some" and its compounds are used with affirmative and interrogative phrases.
    • "Every" and its compounds are used with affirmative phrases to showcase a complete quantity. 
    • "No" and its compounds are used only with negative phrases.

    Warning: We can not deny things twice, so in the case of "No" compounds, the verb will go in the affirmative to avoid double denial. 

    Indefinite pronouns with examples

    • We can go anywhere you like.
    • I couldn't find you anywhere.
    • Does anyone know where the restroom is?
    • Some people can't help themselves when it comes to chocolate.
    • Do you need help with something?
    • Everybody wants to be like him. 
    • No one is allowed to enter this room.
    • Nobody is interested in that project. 

    Indefinite pronouns and verb agreement

    It is important to ensure there is an agreement between the two otherwise the sentence would not be grammatically correct. In a majority of the cases after the use of an indefinite pronoun, the accompanying verb straight after it is in singular form. When we refer back to the pronoun we use the plural forms they and them. 

    Example

    • Everyone likes them in our community. 
    • Anyone can join as long as they are willing to put the work.
    • No one wants to join them on the mission. 
    • Everyone is responsible for their own actions.

    Indefinite quantifier pronouns 

    Quantifier pronouns are used to indicate a quantity that is not precisely known. They are countable and noncountable, based on what is being discussed one needs to use the correct form. 

    Quantifier pronouns list

    Countable + plural verb  / nouns Uncountable + singular verb /nouns
    Few Less
    Fewer Little
    Several Plenty
    Many Much
    Most Most**
    More More**
    One* Enough

    *One is an exception of the countable nouns because the verb following it needs to be singular.

    **Most and more are present in the two columns because they can be both countable and uncountable. It is often specified so that the distinction is understandable. 

    Example:

    • There are a few eggs left in the fridge.
    • Only one has arrived in good condition.
    • Most of them were answered
    • Most of it was spoiled, I could tell by the taste.
    • I've had enough of your attitude.
    • Several of them crossed the finishing line before him.

    Exercises

    Indefinite pronouns test in English

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