Pronouns that are always singular

The following pronouns are always singular.

anyone, everyone, someone, no one, nobody

No one knows that I have the key to the riddle of the cosmos.

Everyone loves to be in the shoes of Michael Jackson

Nobody knows anything about plane crash

Anyone has heard of the horse that bolted from the

Someone is going to be punished for this terrible accident.

 

 

Pronoun – Verb Agreement – 2 – Indefinite Pronouns

The following pronouns are called as indefinite pronouns as they don’t point to anybody or anything in particular.

anyone, everyone, someone, no one, anybody, everybody, somebody, nobody, anything, everything, something, nothing.

any, one, none, some, several, all, few, fewer, many, less, little, more, much,most

each, other, another.

either, neither

Of these some of them are always singular, others are always plural, some are both singular and plural. The usage and context will decide whether they will singular or plural.

The following pronouns are always singular.

No one knows that I have the key to the riddle of the cosmos.

Nothing is known about the lions which went missing from the zoo.

Everybody looks to Messi as their football guru.

Everyone loves to be in the shoes of Michael Jackson

Nobody knows anything about plane crash

Anything goes with a cup of well-brewed coffee

Anybody has the key to the lock?

Something is seriously wrong with the conductor of the orchestra.

Someone is going to be punished for this terrible accident.

Somebody is going to tell me where to find the cakes hidden in the kitchen.

 

 

 

 

Pronoun – Verb Agreement – 1

We have seen many instances of subject-verb agreement and the rules that need to be followed when connecting them.

Now we move on to pronouns.

A pronoun should agree with the verb in the same fashion a noun agrees with its verb. Singular pronouns take singular verbs, plural pronouns take plural verbs.

He is an honest man.

She is a great teacher and has inspired many students to scale great heights in their lives.

They are coming today.

They have landed at the airport, and I am going to get them.

Refer to the following Pronoun Table to familiarize yourself with the singular and plural forms of the personal pronouns.

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The Pronoun Table

A classification of Pronouns on the basis of person, case and number.

A classification of Personal Pronouns

A classification of Personal Pronouns

 

A more detailed and discerning classification is found below

A classification of Pronouns on the basis of person, case and number.

A classification of Pronouns on the basis of person, case and number, showing Possessive Adjectives distinctly

In the above chart, Possessive Adjectives are shown as distinct and different from Possessive Pronouns.

Possessive Adjectives modify nouns, hence they are called Adjectives.

It is Alice’s car.

It is her car

“her” replaces “Alice’s”

It is John’s book

It is his book

“his” replaces “John’s”

It is our school

It is their property

In all the above cases, the possessives (her, his) modify a noun (car, book) and hence they are Adjectives. Since they also replace nouns (Alice’s, John’s) in the possessive case, they referred to as pronouns.

On the contrary, pronouns such as ours, mine, theirs, his, hers are called Absolute possessives because they can stand on their own.

(Note: his and its perform both roles of Absolute Possessive and Possessive Adjective).