The Noun Family: Indefinite Pronouns

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The Noun Family: Indefinite Pronouns - Quiz

A middle school grammar quiz over indefinite pronouns.


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  • 1. 

    An indefinite pronoun ...

    • A.

      Matches a noun in number and person

    • B.

      Refers to generalized (non-specific) nouns

    • C.

      Can stand alone as a sentence

    • D.

      Both A & B

    • E.

      Both B & C

    Correct Answer
    D. Both A & B
    Explanation
    An indefinite pronoun matches a noun in number and person, as well as refers to generalized (non-specific) nouns. This means that it can agree with a noun in terms of singular or plural form, and it can also be used to replace nonspecific nouns such as "someone," "everyone," or "anything." Therefore, the correct answer is both A & B.

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  • 2. 

    Choose the indefinite pronoun from the sentence below:Jack said he needed someone to help carry water, and Jill said she would.

    • A.

      He

    • B.

      Someone

    • C.

      Jill

    • D.

      She

    • E.

      Jack

    Correct Answer
    B. Someone
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "someone" because it is an indefinite pronoun that refers to a person without specifying their identity. In the sentence, Jack mentioned that he needed someone to help carry water, indicating that he required assistance from an unspecified individual. Jill then responded by saying that she would help, confirming that she is the person referred to as "someone" in this context.

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  • 3. 

    Define a pronoun:

    • A.

      Takes the place of a noun

    • B.

      Always capitalized

    • C.

      Agrees in number and case with the antecedent

    • D.

      Both A & B

    • E.

      Both A & C

    Correct Answer
    E. Both A & C
    Explanation
    A pronoun is a word that takes the place of a noun. It can refer to a person, place, thing, or idea. Pronouns are always capitalized and agree in number and case with the antecedent, which is the noun that the pronoun replaces. Therefore, both statement A (takes the place of a noun) and statement C (agrees in number and case with the antecedent) correctly define a pronoun.

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  • 4. 

    Define an antecedent:

    • A.

      Noun that a pronoun replaces

    • B.

      Specific indefinite pronouns

    • C.

      A non-pronoun

    • D.

      All of the above

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. Noun that a pronoun replaces
    Explanation
    An antecedent is a noun that is replaced by a pronoun. It is the word or phrase that the pronoun refers to in a sentence. For example, in the sentence "John is my friend. He is very kind," the noun "John" is the antecedent of the pronoun "he." The pronoun "he" replaces the noun "John" to avoid repetition. Therefore, the correct answer is "Noun that a pronoun replaces."

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  • 5. 

    Identify the indefinite pronoun(s):The boys looked at each other after Mr. Miller caught them shooting spit wads.

    • A.

      Boys

    • B.

      Each other

    • C.

      Mr. Miller

    • D.

      Them

    • E.

      Spit wads

    Correct Answer
    B. Each other
    Explanation
    The indefinite pronoun in this sentence is "each other." It refers to an unspecified number of people, in this case, the boys, who looked at one another after being caught by Mr. Miller.

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  • 6. 

    What is the best way to remember indefinite pronouns?

    • A.

      Indefinite means "not certain" and indefinite pronouns refer to 'not specific" persons, places, or things

    • B.

      Indefinite means "endless" and indefinite pronouns go on forever and ever

    • C.

      Indefinite means "for real" and indefinite pronouns only take the place of proper nouns

    • D.

      Indefinite means "in your face" and indefinite pronouns are only Yo Momma insults

    Correct Answer
    A. Indefinite means "not certain" and indefinite pronouns refer to 'not specific" persons, places, or things
    Explanation
    The best way to remember indefinite pronouns is to understand that they refer to "not specific" persons, places, or things. Indefinite pronouns are used when the speaker does not want to specify who or what they are referring to. By remembering the definition of indefinite and its connection to not being specific, one can easily recall the concept of indefinite pronouns.

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  • 7. 

    Identify the indefinite pronoun.Gayle was surprised at everything in the store was part of the 30% off sale.

    • A.

      Gayle

    • B.

      Everything

    • C.

      In

    • D.

      Part

    • E.

      Sale

    Correct Answer
    B. Everything
    Explanation
    The indefinite pronoun in this sentence is "everything". It refers to all the items in the store that were part of the 30% off sale.

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