Indefinite pronoun

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An indefinite pronoun (/ɪndefɪnət prəʊnaʊn/) is a pronoun that lacks definiteness because it refers to non-specific beings, physical objects, or places.[1]

This is the most populous group of pronouns.

Contrast definite pronoun.

Tabulation[edit | edit source]

Number Type Negative Universal Assertive existential Elective/Dubitative
existentialTemplate:Efn
Alternative(s)
Common number none – None of those people is related to me.Template:Efn all – All is lost. some – Some of the biscuits have been eaten. any – Any will do.
  • such – Such is life.
  • whatever – Take whatever you like.
Singular Person no one (also no-one), nobody – No one/Nobody thinks that you are mean. everyone, everybody – Everyone/Everybody had a cup of coffee. someone, somebody – Someone/Somebody should fix that. anyone, anybody – Anyone/Anybody can see this.
Thing nothing – Nothing is true. everything – Everything is permitted. something – Something makes me want to dance. anything – Anything can happen if you just believe.
  • this – This can't be good.
Distributive
  • another – Thanks, I'll have another.
  • other – One was singing while the other played the piano.


Dual neither – In the end, neither was selected. both – Both are guilty. either – Either will do.
Plural no things all things some things
  • others – Others can worry about that.


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