Indefinite Pronouns

Indefinite pronouns refer to people or things in a general manner, or people or things whose identity isn't important.

Sounds cruel to us. Who are these pronouns to say who or what is or isn't important? Stupid elitist pronouns.

Indefinite pronouns don't have an antecedent, or something they refer to; they just stand on their lonesome.

Here are some of the most popular, in demand indefinite pronouns:
- All
- Another
- Anybody
- both
- Each
- Either
- Everyone
- Few
- Many
- Most
- Neither
- None
- Nothing
- Other
- Several
- Something

 

Examples

" Portland is home to dozens of gourmet corn dog carts; there are several in the Pearl District alone."

Using the indefinite pronoun several here indicates that it isn't important for the reader to know precisely how many fancy corn dogs stands there are.

"Nobody should ever sing "Bohemian Rhapsody" at karaoke."

It's appropriate to use nobody here because it doesn't matter who the singer is; they'll never be as cool as Freddie Mercury.

"Julie watched all of 30 Rock on Netflix in a single week."

Using all is correct because the exact amount of time that Julie spent pounding Sabor de Soledad cheese curls and binge-watching 30 Rock is unknown.