indefinite pronoun


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indefinite pronoun

An indefinite pronoun is used in place of a noun without specifying a particular person or thing that is being represented.
Both people and things can be identified in a sentence by an indefinite pronoun. Many pronouns are only used to refer to people or to things; there are also many which can be used for either.
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indefinite pronoun

n.
A pronoun, such as English any or some, that does not specify the identity of its object.

indefinite pronoun

n
(Grammar) grammar a pronoun having no specific referent, such as someone, anybody, or nothing

indef′inite pro′noun


n.
a pronoun, as English some, any, or somebody, that leaves unspecified the identity of its referent.
[1720–30]
Translations
pronom indefinit
indefiniittipronomini
határozatlan névmás
óákveðið fornafn
pronomen indefinitum
onbepaald voornaamwoord
pronome indefinido
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Having been instructed in the use of the indefinite pronoun "one" as giving a refined and elegant touch to literary efforts, Rebecca painstakingly rewrote her composition on solitude, giving it all the benefit of Miss Dearborn's suggestion.
For example, in the narrator's observation that "chacun epars entre maison et jardin [converge] vers cette terrasse" (35), Montalbetti opts for the indefinite pronoun chacun in lieu of more specific phrasing like Simon et les autres visiteurs, a choice which allows for a number of possible readings.
The most frequently used indefinite pronoun proper in the articles of The Financial Times is "some" and its derivatives.
(2) This is in connection with the fact that the grammaticalization chain leading from the number meaning 'one' to the indefinite article via the indefinite determiner (indefinite pronoun, to be more accurate) is considered a linguistic universal, or as "a reasonable candidate for a linguistic quasi-universal" (Weiss 2004: 141).
This rule is most useful when the simple subject of the sentence is an indefinite pronoun, like one, but the sentence contains distracting juicy nouns like peaches.
When the container is empty, the students select a sentence strip with the indefinite pronoun that best describes their winnings.
"Death of the self' (one definition of love) allows Roethke's I to "climb out of my fear." The fragmentedness of the self, "Which I is I?," is liberated in Roethke's final line into a transformed indefinite pronoun: "And one is One, free in the tearing wind."
In Little Books / Indians and Spoke there is no play with the pronoun but neither do I ever use the masculine as the indefinite pronoun.
Significantly, when and functions as an indicator for indefiniteness it can be marked by the definite article and-u, translated as indefinite pronoun meaning 'someone, anybody' into English (Baye 1996: 58).
Following one of his admonitions concerning use of personal pronouns, I (perhaps somewhat petulantly) replied with a letter that substituted forms of the indefinite pronoun "one" for first person singular pronouns, to demonstrate, I thought, the stilted writing style that would result.
2:4, where the Antichrist is said to oppose and exalt himself "above all that is called God." He is on several occasions too literal about the common indefinite pronoun nescioquis, translating on 73 (LI) "some Henrician heresy that I have never heard of' for "nescio cuius haereseos Henricianae" ("some Henrician heresy or other"); and on 75 (LII) "I do not know what kind of lordship" for "nescio quod ...
This indefinite pronoun means I do not know who (literally, I know not who), according to Mitchell (1985: 149).

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