TOEIC Grammar Basics - Indefinite Pronouns

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Indefinite pronouns are common in English when we want to refer to a thing, a place or a person  that we can't define

They are a combination of "every, any, some, no" with "body, one, thing and where"

Indefinite Pronouns

somebody

someone

something

somewhere

anybody

anyone

anything

anywhere

nobody

no one

nothing

nowhere

everybody

everyone

everything

everywhere

While words like "everybody" seem to indicate a large number of people, all of the indefinite pronouns are followed by a singular verb.

Examples:

1. Nobody goes there any more.
2. Did someone leave the light on?
3. Can anybody tell me the right answer?
4Everything  is beautiful in its own way.

In practice, there is no difference between "body" and "one", we use "somebody" and "someone" interchangeably to indicate a person. Also, they are all one word except "no one", the word "noone" does not exist.

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