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Indefinite Pronouns

An indefinite pronoun refers to an unknown or undetermined person, place or thing; the identity of the pronoun is not definite.

Indefinite pronouns are used with singular or plural forms of verbs.

Singular Indefinite Pronouns

The following indefinite pronouns are always used with the singular form of verbs:
anyone, anybody, everyone, everybody, nothing, each, either, no one, neither, nobody, someone, and somebody.

For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Luke 11:10.
You could replace everyone with everybody, anybody, or anyone in the above sentence and not change its meaning (Anyone who asks receives; anyone who seeks finds; and to anyone who knocks, the door will be opened).

Either of them is trustworthy. (The verb form (is) matches the singular subject.)

Neither of the teachers plans only to teach the theory of evolution.
(Neither one of the teachers plans only to teach the theory of evolution.)

Singular pronouns are used with singular possessive adjectives.

Neither of the girls gave her homework to the teacher.
Incorrect: Neither of the girls gave their homework to the teacher.

Plural Indefinite Pronouns

These plural indefinite pronouns are used with plural verb forms: both, few, many, others, and several.

Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. John 20:4


Identify the pronoun as singular or plural and use the appropriate form of the verb. Be careful to match the subject with an appropriate verb.

Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.

Note: Indefinite pronouns can be made possessive with the use of an apostrophe. Indefinite pronouns are words like someone, other, one, and any.

"Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends." John 15:3

Using Either and Neither

Use either with or and use neither with nor.

Either....or (or follows either)

No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money. Matthew 6:24.
Neither....nor (nor follows neither)

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38-39.

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