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  • Preface & Content
  • Letter, Word, Sentence
  • Parts of speech
  • Pronoun
  • Adjective
  • Adverb
  • Articles
  • Number and Gender
  • Person and Case
  • Mood and Modal verbs
  • Tense
  • Clause
  • Voice
  • Narration
  • Punctuation
  • Preposition
  • Conjunction
  • Participles and Gerunds
  • Transformation of sentences
  • Phrasal verb
  • Exercise
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  • Simple Conjugate
  • Chapter 3.Pronoun (Cont'd...)

    pronouns

    Word of caution

    Be careful of using the following indefinite pronouns.

    One: One should be too careful of one’s (not his) health.

    None: None but the brave deserves the fair (singular). None of his answer were correct (plural).

    Other: One or the other of the two students must have done this. If others could do it, why not you. If your first attempt fails, try another.

    Some: Some of our classmate have helped him.

    All: All of us are not ready to go.

    Both: Both of them are guilty.

    Any: Any of them must come.

    It: It may be used with provisional subjects, (It rains cats and dogs.), emphatically (It was I who am to blame.), with a backward reference (Satan is guilty and no one doubt it.), with forward reference (It is time to check inflation.), as cognate object (India will fight it out to the last to keep her integrity.), and as provisional object (I consider it good to do so.).

    Each, everyone, either, neither: They always take singular verbs. For example:
    Each of them was a good student.
    Everyone of them was intelligent.
    Either of the two boys has done this.
    Neither of the two ways was good to be followed.

    Any one/ no one/ none: When more than two persons are referred to anyone or no one, or none are used.
    Anyone (not either) of the three books will do.
    He thought of being a teacher, doctor, soldier, lawyer, but not one/ none of these carrier suited him.

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