Definition: A pronoun that doesn’t refer to a particular person or thing but refers to any person or thing in a general way is called indefinite pronoun.
For example, some, any, one, none, another, etc. are used as indefinite pronouns.
- Any fool can do so.
- Some fruits are on the table.
“Some” and “any” usually come before plural or uncountable noun. They may be used without a noun.
I have some fruits but she has not any juice.
In the above example, “some” is used with positive and “any” is used in negative sentences.
“Any” is used in a sentence with “If”.
If you have any problems, consult me.
We can use “any” in a positive sentence to give the meanings of “it doesn’t matter which”.
Look at another example,
- I am enjoying the holidays these days, come any time you like.
- You can buy this book from any bookstall.
We can use “any” or “some” in questions but “any” is more common and appropriate.
See in these examples,
- Is there anyone at home?
- Did you buy some fruits?
We usually use “some” in offers and request in order to make our statement appear more positive.
See the following examples
- Would you like some team?
- Could you do some work for me?
Indefinite Pronouns List
- No one
Indefinite Pronouns Exercise
- ______________ of the two sisters is rich. (None/Neither)
- ______________ of the friends have come. (No/Neither)
- Is there ___________ available at home. (anyone/someone)
- _________ of the girls have done her work. (each/both)
- _________ of my aunts gave me a present. (each/every)
- You can buy apples from _________ fruit shop. (any/some)
- __________ took my book and never gave me back. (someone/anyone)
- During my journey to Spain, I did not meet _________ I knew. (anybody/anyone)
- She got _________ nice presents for new year. (any/some)
- Give me __________ butter for breakfast. (some/any)