Indefinite PronounsLC 1.2 Students should be able to identify and correctly use indefinite pronouns
What is an indefinite pronoun?• They are words that replace nouns without specifying which noun they replace (remember- a noun is a person, place, or thing)• Ex: another, everybody, everyone, everything, each, either, somebody, someone, something, both, few, many, all, most, none
Indefinite pronouns can be singular or plural• Singular: another, everybody, everyone, everything, each, either, somebody, someone, something• Plural: both, few, many, others, several• Singular or plural: all, any, more, most, some
Singular Indefinite Pronouns• Singular indefinite pronouns take singular verbs or singular personal pronouns.• Correct: Each of the members has one vote.• (The subject, each, is singular. Use has.)• Incorrect: One of the girls gave up their seat.• Correct: One of the girls gave up her seat.• (Her refers to one, which is singular.)
Plural Indefinite Pronouns• Plural indefinite pronouns take plural verbs or plural personal pronouns.• Correct: A few of the justices were voicing their opposition.• (Few is plural, so are were and their.)• Incorrect: Both of the men was going to work.• (Both is plural, but was is not.)
Singular or plural indefinite pronouns• For indefinite pronouns that can be singular or plural, it depends on what the indefinite pronoun refers to.• Correct: All of the people clapped their hands.• (All refers to people, which is plural.)• Correct: All of the newspaper was soaked.• (Here all refers to newspaper, which is singular.)
Can you find the indefinite pronoun(s) in the sentence?• I wanted to see them all.• All• She wanted to go to the movies to see someone.• Someone• Something woke me up.• Something
Can you identify if these indefinite pronouns are singular or plural?• There is something outside.• Something= singular• All of my friends are at the movies.• All refers to friends, which is plural)• Both of the roads are closed.• Both= plural• Can we see some of the movie?• Some refers to movie which is singular
Is the indefinite pronoun used correctly?• All of the people was watching the show.• No• I see someone in the house.• Yes• Most of the movie is over.• Yes• Is most of the people outside?• No• Both of the kids is riding bikes.• no
Remember• Indefinite pronouns are words that replace nouns, but are not specific• They can be singular or plural, depending on what they are referring to (singular- one noun; plural- more then one noun)• Indefinite pronouns and their verbs must agree (plural indefinite pronoun= plural verb and singular indefinite pronoun = singular verb)
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