Indefinite Pronouns An indefinite pronoun is a pronoun that does not refer to a particular person, place, or thing. Does anyone know the story of Midas? Most indefinite pronouns are either singular or plural.
Indefinite Pronouns All, any, most, none and somecan be singular or plural, depending on the phrase that follows them.
Singular Indefinite Pronouns One Neither Each Another Much Either
Indefinite Pronouns When an indefinite pronoun is used as the subject, the verb must agree with it in number. Everyone discusses the plot. (singular) Both talk about King Minos. (plural) All of mythology is about beliefs and ideals. (singular) All of the myths are about beliefs and ideals. (plural)
Indefinite Pronouns Possessive pronouns often have indefinite pronouns as their antecedents. In such cases, the pronouns must agree in number. Note that in the first example the intervening prepositional phrase does not affect the agreement. Eachof the characters hashisor herchapter. Several have conflict with their siblings.
Guided Practice Select the pronoun.
Each knows about the plot. • a. Each • b. about • c. the • d. plot
2. Many of the students do their homework. a. Many b. or c. do d. their
3. __________ of the boys offered their help to the little old lady who was crossing the street. a. Another b. Each c. All d. One
4. My sister is the _______ wearing the red shirt. a. one b. few c. most d. several
5. Which of the following indefinite pronouns can be either singular or plural? a. few b. none c. nothing d. many
Pronoun Agreement Each of the students has his or her ideas about homework. Singular indefinite pronoun Singular possessive pronouns
6. Which verb agrees with the indefinite pronoun “many?” a. walks b. are c. is d. dances
Select the appropriate pronoun. Guided Practice
7. No one brought ______ book. a. his or her b. their
8. Each has __ point of view. a. his or her b. their
9. All of the students give _______ opinions, too. a. his or her b. their
10. Why are indefinite pronouns called “indefinite?” a. They do not have one definition. b. They refer to nouns are not defined – not specific. c. They are impossible to see because they are invisible.