English grammar

Module 2, Pronouns, Lesson 11:

Indefinite Pronoun Agreement

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Singular Plural Singular or Plural
another
each
either
much
neither
one
other
anybody, anyone, anything
everybody, everyone, everything
nobody, no one, nothing
somebody, someone, something
both
few
many
others
several
all
any
more
most
none
some

You noticed before that indefinite pronouns fall into three categories. The singular pronouns take a singular pronoun. The plural indefinite pronouns take plural pronouns.

Everybody needs his or her pencil.
Many will need their tablets.

Beware phrases that follow the indefinite pronoun. Agreement still needs to be with the pronoun, not the object of the preposition.

Each of the students is missing his or her homework.
Many of the students are missing their homework.

With the "singular or plural" pronouns, you need to look at the prepositional phrase that follows the pronoun in order to determine whether the meaning is singular or plural.

All of the cake is missing its frosting. (All of the cake is a singular quantity.)
All of the cake slices are missing their frosting. (All of the slices is a plural quantity. You can count this.)
All of the students are missing their notebooks. (All of the students is a plural quantity. You can count it.)

Practice What You've Learned

English grammar
Directions:
Choose the correct pronoun to complete the sentence.
1.
All of the sunbathers need to grab towels and get to shelter before the thunderstorm hits.
his, her, their, his/her
2.
In school, most of the girls bring books to class.
her, their
3.
Several of the teachers in my school post assignments online.
his/her, their
4.
One of the boys on my team forgot to bring gear.
his, their
5.
None of the dessert has coconut in .
it, them
6.
After school, both of my sisters did homework.
her, their
7.
Much of my homework very easy tonight.
is, are
8.
Each of the drivers in the race must fill out registration before the deadline.
his/her, their
9.
Both of the brothers had to pool money to buy a new car.
his, their
10.
Neither of my grandmothers has ridden in an airplane in life.
her, their
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