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Saturday, March 12, 2016

INDEFINITE PRONOUNS OVERVIEW

Study the sentences given below.
  • One does not know what to do in such situations.
  • One must be content with one’s lot.
  • One cannot choose one’s parents.
  • One must not boast of one’s achievements.
  • One must put one’s best foot forward.
  • One must not lose hope no matter what happens.
  • None of these stories are worth reading.
  • They say he has lost his marbles. (To lose one’s marbles is to go crazy.)
  • None of them are here right now.
  • All were drowned.
  • Some are born great; some achieve greatness; some have greatness thrust upon them.
  • Somebody has stolen my phone.
  • Nobody was there to save the child from drowning.
  • Few escaped unhurt.
  • We didn’t see any of them again.
Most of these words can also be used as adjectives. Note that when they are used as adjectives, they are followed by a noun.
  • Few people escaped unhurt.
  • Some people are born great.
The pronoun he or she is used to refer to the indefinite pronounsanybody, everybody, anyone, everyone and each.
  • Every one of the boys has submitted his work.
When the sex is not mentioned, the third person plural pronoun ‘they’ is used to refer to anybody, everybody etc.
  • Everybody likes to have their way.