Indefinite Pronouns

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 a 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 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/som)
  7. __________ took my book and never gave me back. (someone/anyone)
  8. During my journey to Spain, I did not met _________ 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