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Section 11.2.6

Indefinite Pronouns

Indefinite pronouns replace nouns whose identity is undetermined or varies. Common indefinite pronouns include everyone, anything, somebody, no one, and whoever.

Undetermined Identity

In 1877, no one could imagine following the individual histories of thousands of gas molecules, and so Boltzmann opted for following average behavior.

--Donald M. McCloskey, "Computation Outstrips Analysis" (modified)

Varying Identity

Anyone who has at least a 90% average at the end of the semester does not have to take the final examination.

Check the verb agreement carefully when using an indefinite pronoun as a subject. Indefinite pronouns often contain quantifiers, which have special rules for subject-verb agreement.

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