Indefinite and Relative Pronouns

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Indefinite Pronouns

 

 

Indefinite pronouns are those referring to one or more unspecified objects, beings, or places. They are called “indefinite” simply because they do not indicate the exact object, being, or place to which they refer.

  • Indefinite pronouns include partitives such as any, anybody, anyone, either, neither, nobody, no, someone, and some.
  • They also include universals such as every, all, both, and each.
  • They include quantifiers including any, some, several, enough, many, and much.
  • Many indefinite pronouns can also function as determiners.
  • Indefinite pronouns are never plural. They are always singular.+
  • Because indefinite pronouns are singular, the pronouns or verbs used to refer to them should also be singular.

Examples:

Nobody knows who I really am!

Everyone says I am jealous of him.

 

Relative Pronouns

 

 

A relative pronoun is used to connect a clause or phrase to a noun or pronoun. You see them used everyday with the most common relative pronouns being: who, whom, which, whoever, whomever, whichever, and that.

  • A relative pronoun is usually seen in a sentence at the beginning of an adjective clause.
  • That, when, which, whichever, whichsoever, who, whoever, whosoever, whom, whomever, whomsoever whose, whosesoever whatever, whatsoever etc. are relative pronouns.
  • Doesn’t just bring attention to the clause.
  • The relative pronoun actually plays the role of a noun in the clause.

Examples:

  • This is the film that everyone is talking about.
  • I have a friend whose hobby is reading.