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Need more practice? Get more Perfect English Grammar with our courses. Welcome to Perfect English Grammar! I'm Seonaid and I hope you like the website. Please contact me if you have any questions or comments. Indefinite pronouns Download this lesson in PDF here. Words like 'something', 'everywhere', 'anybody' and 'no-one' are indefinite pronouns.
We use them for people, things and places. It's also true for someone, no-one and everyone. These are singular words, so we use a singular verb with them. Does anybody want cake? Everybody loves the new puppy. Anybody who wants cake should pass their plate. Nobody brought their bag. We can use these words on their own for a short answer. A: What do you want to eat? B: Nothing! We can use them at the beginning of a sentence as the subject or as the object of a sentence. Nothing was done. She did nothing. Some- and any- We have already talked about how to use some and any.
See here if you need to review. We can find somebody who can help. There's something in the bag. Let's go somewhere this weekend. I can't find anybody who can help. Is there anything in the bag? We didn't go anywhere this weekend. There is hardly anybody here. She ate hardly anything. We spent the weekend at home without going anywhere. Are you looking for something? Would you like something to eat? If anybody would like a coffee, tell me now! If anything is wrong, you need to phone the reception.
If there's anywhere that you don't want to go, please send me an . Anybody can do this. I'd like to go anywhere! I just don't want to be here! She was so hungry that she ate anything. Usually the sentence with 'no' is stronger and more emphatic. Sometimes you hear this but it's not standard English.
NOT: I don't know nobody. These can be used in positive sentences, negative sentences and questions. I think that she has been everywhere in Europe. He doesn't know everything. Do you know everybody here? Try an exercise about the indefinite pronouns here.I just want something anything
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