Imagination VS Knowlegde

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Knowledge is limited. imagination encircles the world
(Albert Enstien )

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Indefinite Pronouns

  • Most indefinite pronouns are either singular or plural. 
  • Some of them can be singular in one context and plural in another. 
  • The most common indefinite pronouns are listed below, with examples, as singular, plural or singular/plural.
  • Notice that a singular pronoun takes a singular verb AND that any personal pronoun should also agree (in number and gender). 

  • Look at these examples:

  • Each of the players has a doctor.
  • I met two girls. One has given me her phone number.
Similarly, plural pronouns need plural agreement:
  • Many have expressed their views.
anotheran additional or different person or thingThat ice-cream was good. Can I have another?
anybody/anyoneno matter what personCan anyone answer this question?
anythingno matter what thingThe doctor needs to know if you have eaten anything in the last two hours.
eachevery one of two or more people or things, seen separatelyEach has his own thoughts.
eitherone or the other of two people or thingsDo you want tea or coffee? / I don't mind. Either is good for me.
enoughas much or as many as neededEnough is enough.
everybody/everyoneall peopleWe can start the meeting because everybody has arrived.
everythingall thingsThey have no house or possessions. They losteverything in the earthquake.
lessa smaller amount"Less is more" (Mies van der Rohe)
littlea small amountLittle is know about his early life.
mucha large amountMuch has happend since we met.
neithernot one and not the other of two people or thingsI keep telling Jack and Jill butneither believes me.
nobody/no-oneno personI phoned many times butnobody answered.
nothingno single thing, not anythingIf you don't know the answer it's best to say nothing.
onean unidentified personCan one smoke here? | All the students arrived but now one is missing.
othera different person or thing from one already mentionedOne was tall and the other was short.
somebody/someonean unspecified or unknown personClearly somebody murdered him. It was not suicide.
somethingan unspecified or unknown thingListen! I just heard something! What could it be?
youan unidentified person (informal)And you can see why.
bothtwo people or things, seen togetherJohn likes coffee but not tea. I think both are good.
fewa small number of people or thingsFew have ever disobeyed him and lived.
fewera reduced number of people or thingsFewer are smoking these days.
manya large number of people or thingsMany have come already.
othersother people; not usI'm sure that others have tried before us.
severalmore than two but not manyThey all complained and severalleft the meeting.
theypeople in general (informal)They say that vegetables are good for you.
singular or plural
allthe whole quantity of something or of some things or peopleAll is forgiven.
All have arrived.
anyno matter how much or how manyIs any left?
Are any coming?
morea greater quantity of something; a greater number of people or thingsThere is more over there.
More are coming.
mostthe majority; nearly allMost is lost.
Most have refused.
nonenot any; no person or personsThey fixed the water so why isnone coming out of the tap?
I invited five friends but nonehave come.*
somean unspecified quantity of something; an unspecified number of people or thingsHere is some.
Some have arrived.
suchof the type already mentionedHe was a foreigner and he felt that he was treated as such.

Prepared by:
Miss Adi_0952094

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