Indefinite Pronouns Minilesson 10 From the UWF Writing

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Indefinite Pronouns Mini-lesson #10 From the UWF Writing Lab’s 101 Grammar Mini-Lessons Series

Indefinite Pronouns Mini-lesson #10 From the UWF Writing Lab’s 101 Grammar Mini-Lessons Series

Singular Indefinite Pronouns l The following pronouns are singular: ¡ each, nobody, something, anybody,

Singular Indefinite Pronouns l The following pronouns are singular: ¡ each, nobody, something, anybody, no one, somebody, one, everybody, someone, neither, anyone, anything, either, nothing, everyone, everything, and other pronouns ending in one, body, and thing. l Example: Everybody is going to the party. l Example: Only one of my friends is going to the party. l Example: Neither of my friends is going to the party.

Plural Indefinite Pronouns l The following pronouns are plural: ¡ Several, few, both, and

Plural Indefinite Pronouns l The following pronouns are plural: ¡ Several, few, both, and many. l Example: Several of my friends are going to the party.

Singular and Plural Indefinite Pronouns l The following pronouns may be singular or plural

Singular and Plural Indefinite Pronouns l The following pronouns may be singular or plural depending on either their antecedent (the word or phrase to which they refer) or on the noun or pronoun in the prepositional phrase: ¡ Some, all, most, none, and any. l Examples: ¡ Some of the mail has arrived. ¡ Some of the letters have arrived.

Singular and Plural Indefinite Pronouns, Cont. l When none is used to mean not

Singular and Plural Indefinite Pronouns, Cont. l When none is used to mean not one of, it is construed as singular; when it tells how many, it is construed as plural. ¡Examples: l. Of these medicines, none is effective. l. None of the people are here.

Practicing Indefinite Pronouns l Everybody (love/loves) somebody. • Everybody loves somebody. l If either

Practicing Indefinite Pronouns l Everybody (love/loves) somebody. • Everybody loves somebody. l If either of the two students (are/is) caught cheating again, he will be suspended for three weeks. • If either of the two students is caught cheating again, he will be suspended for three weeks.

Practicing More Indefinite Pronouns l Several of the audience members at the circus (was/were)

Practicing More Indefinite Pronouns l Several of the audience members at the circus (was/were) accosted by the juggling platypus. • Several of the audience members at the circus were accosted by the juggling platypus. l Both of my parents (is/are) from Kentucky. • Both of my parents are from Kentucky.

I hope everybody has a great day!

I hope everybody has a great day!