Meaning of indefinite pronoun in English:

indefinite pronoun



  • A pronoun that does not refer to any person, amount, or thing in particular, e.g. anything, something, anyone, everyone.

    ‘And there is an irritating mannerism, in which he uses the feminine personal pronoun in place of the indefinite pronoun, that gradually wore on my nerves.’
    • ‘An indefinite pronoun is a word that replaces a noun but does not refer to a specific person, place, or thing.’
    • ‘Some indefinite pronouns always take a plural verb, which means that the verb is conjugated for a plural subject.’
    • ‘In speech we use indefinite pronouns all the time, because we are aided in understanding by vocal tone and intimation.’
    • ‘Although an indefinite pronoun may refer to someone or something identifiable, it refers to them in general with the notion of all, some, any, or none.’