Indefinite Pronouns (List, Examples and Exercise)

Definition: A pronoun that doesn’t refer to a particular person or thing but refers to any person or thing in a general way is called indefinite pronoun.

For example, some, any, one, none, another, etc. are used as indefinite pronouns.

Examples

  • Any fool can do so.
  • Some fruits are on the table.

“Some” and “any” usually come before plural or uncountable noun. They may be used without a noun.

For example,

I have some fruits but she has not any juice.

In the above example, “some” is used with positive and “any” is used in negative sentences.

“Any” is used in a sentence with “If”.

For example,

If you have any problems, consult me. 

We can use “any” in a positive sentence to give the meanings of “it doesn’t matter which”.

Look at another example,

  • I am enjoying the holidays these days, come any time you like.
  • You can buy this book from any bookstall.

We can use “any” or “some” in questions but “any” is more common and appropriate.

See in these examples,

  • Is there anyone at home?
  • Did you buy some fruits?

We usually use “some” in offers and request in order to make our statement appear more positive.

See the following examples

  • Would you like some team?
  • Could you do some work for me?

Indefinite Pronouns List

  • Another
  • ANY
  • Anyone
  • Anybody
  • Anything
  • NO
  • No one 
  • Nobody
  • Nothing
  • SOME
  • Something
  • Someone
  • Somebody
  • Each
  • Either
  • Neither
  • None

Indefinite Pronouns Exercise

  1. ______________ of the two sisters is rich. (None/Neither)
  2. ______________ of the friends have come. (No/Neither)
  3. Is there ___________ available at home. (anyone/someone)
  4. _________ of the girls have done her work. (each/both)
  5. _________ of my aunts gave me a present. (each/every)
  6. You can buy apples from _________ fruit shop. (any/some)
  7. __________ took my book and never gave me back. (someone/anyone)
  8. During my journey to Spain, I did not meet _________ I knew. (anybody/anyone)
  9. She got _________ nice presents for new year. (any/some)
  10. Give me __________ butter for breakfast. (some/any)

Answers:

  1. Neither
  2. Neither
  3. Anyone
  4. Each
  5. Each
  6. Any
  7. Someone
  8. Anybody
  9. Some
  10. Some
Indefinite Pronoun Examples, Exercise and List
Indefinite Pronoun Examples, Exercise and List