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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #129638: Indefinites
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    Indefinites


     

    It may be quite tricky to use indefinite adjectives and pronouns in French, and obviously,

    learners meet equal - and often more - difficulty when it comes to using indefinites in  

    English...   

    An adjective or an indefinite pronoun, an indefinite expression, do not provide precise 

    information about the subjects' identities, their gender or precise number...  

     

       

     

    1) It is true that most of the times when indefinite pronouns are used, Anglo saxons  

    use the passive form: 

    - The burglar hasn't been caught yet.

    - A house was built near mine. 

    Therefore, as soon as you must express a sentence with an indefinite subject, the 

    passive form should always come to mind. 

     

    2) Yet, when we study the different points of view that may be considered, 

    we also have to think about the different personal pronouns: 'we' (which means the

    subject 'we' is included in the indefinite pronoun!), 'you' ('we' are not included in the

    indefinite pronoun, but the speaker is.), or 'they' ( which is considered as outsiders, 

    and unknown to the speaker.)

    - They drive on the left in England. 

    - We don't eat continental breakfasts in my family. 

     

     

    3) When the indefinite has a plural meaning, use 'people'

    - People like this actress very much. 

     

     

     

    4) When the indefinite has a singular meaning, use 'somebody' ('someone')

    - Someone is knocking at the door. Let me answer, please. 

     

     

    5) In order to express generalities, use 'one'

    - One must study hard to pass this difficult exam. 

     

                 

     

    Therefore, everything is a matter of points of view... If knowing the subject isn't really important, the 

    passive form is a great ressource. If it is, and if the points of view are, then it requires thinking a little

    longer! Go for the test, now... 

     



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