What verbs the indefinite pronouns use depend on whether the indefinite pronouns are singular or plural. We can divide them into three groups: the singular indefinite pronouns use singular verbs and the plural indefinite pronouns use plural verbs. The third group consists of some indefinite pronouns which may be singular or plural.

Indefinite pronouns that are always singular: another, anybody, anyone, anything, each, either, enough, everybody, everyone, everything, little, much, neither, nobody, no one, nothing, one, other, somebody, someone, something

 

Examples:

  • Everybody wants to be a winner.
  • A rumor has it that either a lion or a tiger has just escaped from the circus.

  • Neither the driver nor the passengers were injured in the bus that skidded off the road and overturned.

  • Neither the passengers nor the driver was injured in the bus that skidded off the road and overturned.

  • Nobody is turning up for the charity show.

  • No one is allowed to fish here.

 

Indefinite pronouns that are always plural: both, few, many, others, several

 

Examples:

  • Both the clowns are fighting.
  • Few are left after they have eaten so many.

  • Many of the donkeys have contracted the disease.

  • When we wake up, the others have already gone.

 

Indefinite pronouns that can be singular or plural: all, any, either, more, most, none, some, such

Examples:

  • All he needs now is a $1,000 loan. (All is used as a singular.)
  • All were arrested for fighting. (All is a plural here.)
  • Is there any of your home-made soup left?. (Any is singular as it is used with an uncountable noun.)
  • Are any of you going to help find my missing car keys? (Any is plural, used with second person you.)
  • He accidentally spilled his coffee; more was spilled on my shirt.
  • Some people have volunteered for the rescue mission but more are needed.
  • Most of her money is spent on clothes.
  • Most have joined the campaign after listening to his talk.
  • They have drunk all the orange juice, and there is none left for me.
  • After what happened, none of her friends phone her anymore.
  • Some of the wine we had after lunch was very good.
  • Some of you have not understood what I said.