Indefinite Pronouns

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In today’s English class, we will be learning about Indefinite Pronouns

Indefinite Pronouns

This refers to a general, or unknown person, object, group, or amount. Most of the time, the referred-to object is identified elsewhere in the sentence or doesn’t need to be precisely identified.

  • I’ve had one piece of cake, and I’d like another.

piece of cake

  • Much has been written about the way Nigerians feel about their jollof rice.

jollof rice

Many of the most common indefinite pronouns are formed by combining the prefixes every-, any-, some-, and no- with the roots –thing, –one, and –body. 

Any and some can also stand alone as indefinite pronouns.

  • “I am a nice person,” Betty insisted. “Ask anyone.”

betty

  • It’s not true that Nigeria is not a nice country, as some believe.

indefinite pronouns

There are several categories of general things that indefinite pronouns tend to refer to. Let’s take a look at some of them, which are also considered to be types of indefinite pronouns. 

 

All Of Something

Indefinite pronouns can refer to all of something or to all the components or members of a group.

  • Everybody needs shelter and food.
  • All are welcome.

Singling Out

They can communicate that something or someone is being singled out from a group.

  • The child thanked each of their friends for coming to their birthday party.
  • Michael thought either of the pairs of trousers would be a good option for work.

Multiple Possibilities

They can pass a broad or infinite range of possibilities.

  • I can recommend any of the menu items here.
  • Have you invited anybody to the dance yet?

Absence

They can indicate absence.

  • Maryam stopped by her neighbors’ apartment, but nobody was there.
  • Nothing compares with the smell of coffee in the morning.

In summary, Indefinite pronouns can refer to all of something or to all the components or members of a group.

Evaluation

Explain what you understand by Indefinite Pronouns.

 

Reading Assignment

List all the types of Indefinite Pronouns taught in today’s class. 

 

Weekend Assignment

Give two examples each of the following types of Indefinite Pronouns:

  • All of something
  • Multiple possibilities
  • Absence

 

We hope you enjoyed today’s class. In our next class, we will be learning about Indefinite Adverbs. 

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