Indefinite Pronouns for intermediate learners

Indefinite pronouns refer to people or things without saying exactly who or what they are. In this lesson, we will learn more about these pronouns.

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"Indefinite Pronouns" in English Grammar

What Are Indefinite Pronouns?

Indefinite pronouns are pronouns that we use to refer to people or things without mentioning who or what exactly they are.

Indefinite pronouns do not directly refer to any particular person, animal or thing.

Common Indefinite Pronouns

Common indefinite pronouns are:

Here are some examples of indefinite pronouns:

There is something moving in the bushes.

Everyone enjoyed the party.

Let's just relax and do nothing.

Anyone could win tonight.

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Indefinite pronouns ending in '-body' refer to people, and indefinite pronouns ending in '-thing' refer to things.

Negative Indefinite Pronouns

Pronouns starting with 'no' and 'any' are negative indefinite pronouns. We use them to give a negative meaning to a sentence. The big difference is that we use 'no' with affirmative sentences and 'any' with negative sentences or questions.

There is nothing in this box. (Not 'There is anything in this box.')

There isn't anything in this box. (Not 'There isn't something in this box.')

Is there anything in this box? (Not 'Is there nothing is this box?')

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