Indefinite pronouns

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Indefinite pronouns

  1. 1. INDEFINITE PRONOUNS
  2. 2. SOME + ONE / BODY / THING / WHERE they are used in affirmative sentences and in polite requests , offers and suggestions . “ There’s somebody outside.” “ Would you like something to eat?” “ Can you tell me something about it?”
  3. 3. ANY + ONE / BODY / THING / WHERE they are used in questions and negative sentences . “ Did you know anybody at the party?” “ There isn’t anything to do in the town.” “ They don’t want to go anywhere today.”
  4. 4. when they mean “ it doesn’t matter who, which or where” “ You can sit anywhere .” “ You can eat anything you like.” “ You can go anywhere you want.”
  5. 5. we use no-one (body), nothing , nowhere , with a verb in the affirmative . “ There ’ s nobody outside.”
  6. 6. EVERY + ONE / BODY / THING / WHERE We use pronouns with every- as the subject in sentences with a positive verb to mean all the people, things or places in a group. “ Everyone came to handball training.” “ My parents got home and everything was in a mess.”
  7. 7. Pronouns with every can be the object of a sentence with a negative verb . “ I don’t know everybody in the class.”
  8. 8. All the words above are used with a verb in the singular . But we use they , them , their , when we refer to somebody, anybody… “ There ’ s someone on the phone. Take their number and tell them I’ll call later.” “ Any one will tell you if you ask them .”
  9. 9. They can be followed by an infinitive or an adjective . “ I want somebody to help me.” “ We couldn’t find anywhere cheap .”
  10. 10. We can use else after something, anybody, nowhere… “ Let’s talk about something else .” “ Would you like something else ? ”
  11. 11. Complete the sentences with a suitable indefinite pronoun . I’m afraid I don’t know ___________ about this subject. We rang the bell but ____________ was in. We haven’t seen ____________ so lovely before. I have ____________ to go. Unfortunately, I couldn’t help. There was ___________ I could do about the problem. Did the teacher tell you ____________? There is ____________ in the living room. Is there ___________ else on TV tonight? I can’t find my wallet _____________. ___________ phoned me yesterday but she didn’t tell me her name. I’m sure you will find your glasses ___________ if you keep looking. There’s _____________ to stay. Does ____________ have any questions? Do you know ___________ about the speaker? Would you like __________ to drink? We arrived late and _________ was waiting for us. _________ is wrong with this computer. It won’t start.
  12. 12. Complete the sentences with a suitable indefinite pronoun . (Answer Key) I’m afraid I don’t know anything about this subject. We rang the bell but nobody was in. We haven’t seen anything so lovely before. I have nowhere to go. Unfortunately, I couldn’t help. There was nothing I could do about the problem. Did the teacher tell you anything ? There is nobody in the living room. Is there anything else on TV tonight? I can’t find my wallet anywhere . Somebody phoned me yesterday but she didn’t tell me her name. I’m sure you will find your glasses somewhere if you keep looking. There’s nowhere to stay. Does anybody have any questions? Do you know anything about the speaker? Would you like something to drink? We arrived late and everyody was waiting for us. Everything is wrong with this computer. It won’t start.

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