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Grammar Lesson: Indefinite Pronouns (page 3)

By — John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Updated on Dec 14, 2010

Activity 2- Writing With Indefinite Pronouns

Now is the time to use indefinite pronouns in your writing. Think carefully about the agreement rules before you compose each sentence. Write your answers on a separate sheet of paper.

  1. Use neither as the sentence's subject.
  2. Use few as the sentence's subject.
  3. Use most as a singular subject.
  4. Use most as a plural subject.
  5. Use someone as the sentence's subject.
  6. Use some as a singular subject.
  7. Use some as a plural subject.
  8. Use any as the singular subject of a sentence that asks a question.
  9. Use somebody as the sentence's subject.
  10. Use all as a plural subject of a sentence that asks a question.

Answers

  • Indefinite Pronouns and Agreement

(The number—singular or plural—is listed first; the subject is listed second; and the verb is listed last.)

  1. (P) Most—pass
  2. (P) None—have
  3. (S) Everyone—is
  4. (P) both—Do
  5. (P) Several—want
  6. (S) someone—Has
  7. (S) Each—was
  8. (P) all—Were
  9. (S) More—is
  10. (S) Nothing—is
  11. (P) few—swim
  12. (P) several—Have
  13. (S) Neither—was
  14. (P) Both—have
  15. (S) No one—reads
  • Writing with Indefinite Pronouns

(These are possible answers.)

  1. Neither of us wants to miss the concert.
  2. A few of the dishes need washing.
  3. Most of the puzzle has been completed.
  4. Most of the tickets have been collected.
  5. Someone in these rooms has left this package on the table.
  6. Some of this newspaper is in the other room.
  7. Some of the cards feel sticky.
  8. Is any of the homework completed?
  9. Somebody found Lester's cell phone in the locker room.
  10. Are all of the dresses in this department on sale today?
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