Indefinite Pronouns

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What are Indefinite Pronouns? (with Examples)

An indefinite pronoun refers to a non-specific person or thing.

The most common ones areall, any, anyone, anything, each, everybody, everyone, everything, few, many, nobody, none, one, several, some, somebody, and someone.

Like all pronouns, an indefinite pronoun is a substitute for a noun.

Examples of Indefinite Pronouns

Here are some examples of indefinite pronouns (shaded):

The Difference between Indefinite Pronouns and Indefinite Adjectives

When a word like all, any, anyone, etc. is used as an adjective, it is known as an indefinite adjective. (In the examples below, the indefinite pronouns are shaded.)

Indefinite Pronouns Singular or Plural?

The biggest issue with indefinite pronouns is determining whether they are singular or plural. Here is a list:
Singular Indefinite PronounsPlural Indefinite Pronouns Indefinite Pronouns Which Can be Singular or Plural
Another
Anybody
Anyone
Anything
Each
Either
Enough
Everybody
Everyone
Everything
Less
Little
Much
Neither
Nobody
No-one
Nothing
One
Other
Somebody
Someone
Something
Both
Few
Fewer
Many
Others
Several
All
Any
More
Most
None
Some
Such

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What are pronouns? demonstrative pronouns Interrogative pronouns Personal pronouns Possessive pronouns Reciprocal pronouns Relative pronouns Reflexive pronouns Glossary of grammatical terms