The Indefinite Pronouns take their name from the fact that they do not refer to definite persons or things.
Compare “Somebody will have to pick that up” (indefinite) with “He will pick that up” (definite).
The indefinite pronouns include a large number of words indicating various degrees of indefiniteness. The more common ones follow:
some, someone, somebody, something,
any, anyone, anybody, anything
everyone, everybody, everything
one, none, nobody, nothing
other, another, either, neither, all, many
few, each, both
Case and Number. The nominative and objective case forms of indefinite pronouns are the same, but some indefinite pronouns have a distinct possessive case form: as, one’s, other’s, another’s, and the compound forms of one and body (anyone’s, everybody’s).
One and other also have plural forms: ones and others: as, “These are the ones I need.” “The others aren’t worth discussing.”
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