The second category of indefinite pronouns are those that point to a specific noun whose meaning is easily understood only because it was previously mentioned or because the words that follow the indefinite pronoun make it clear. These pronouns are:
Many are planning to attend the party. (In this case the identity of the group that is going to the party would have already been mentioned.)
Would you like to try some of these cookies? (The word cookies makes it clear what some is referring to.)
Not to confuse you but keep in mind the pronouns in this group can function as adjectives if nouns directly follow them.
Many classmates are planning to attend the party.
I checked out some books from the library.
Singular and Plural Indefinite Pronouns
As mentioned previously indefinite pronouns may be singular or plural and the verb has to match in number. Below is the list of singular indefinite pronouns.
There are three groups of participants, and eachhas its own requirements.
Someone special is about to arrive.
The following are plural indefinite pronouns:
Few of the projects were good enough to go to the science fair.
Several of the documents were filled with errors.
Some indefinite pronouns may be singular or plural. It all depends on the noun it stands for. These pronouns include all, any, either, none, some, more, most. The rule states that when these pronouns are followed by a prepositional phrase, the pronoun must agree in number with the object of the preposition. The verb in the sentence must agree in number with the antecedent. Sound confusing? Here are two examples:
Most of the workis finished.
Most of the booksare out of date.
In this case work requires a singular verb and books requires a plural verb.
Examples of Indefinite Pronouns
Does anybody have the time?
All are welcome to our house for Thanksgiving.
Tim doesn’t have any.
Michael passed his card to another.
Each brought a dessert to share.
Anyone can see what’s going on here.
Alice couldn’t hear anything at the concert.
Everything is going as planned
Everyone clapped when the movie ended.
Many missed the bus.
No one admitted to knocking over the base.
One could see the tornado forming from miles away.
Several turned out for the concert.
Somebody rang the doorbell.
Holly gave her ticket to someone.
To sum it all up, use indefinite pronouns when the noun substitute doesn’t have to be definite in meaning. Remember that they can be singular or plural in the corresponding verbs must match the number.