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Free English Indefinite Pronouns Exercise

Indefinite Pronouns Exercise and test

Indefinite personal pronouns are used to talk about people in general. They do not refer to any particular person. Can you use them correctly?

Fill in the blanks with an appropriate indefinite pronoun.

1. …………………………… can’t learn a new language in a week.

Correct! Wrong!

We can use one or you to talk about people in general.

2. ………………………… should never tolerate injustice.

Correct! Wrong!

We use one to talk about people in general including the speaker and the hearer.

3. How ………………………………. get to Calicut?

Correct! Wrong!

One is more formal than you; however, both one and you can be used to talk about people in general.

4. ……………………………… can find lots of people who speak English in India.

Correct! Wrong!

We use one to talk about people in general including the speaker and the hearer.

5. ……………………………. knocked at the door.

Correct! Wrong!

One is only used in general statements. In other cases, we use other pronouns like somebody or they.

6. ………………………….. do not allow smoking in the kitchen.

Correct! Wrong!

One cannot be used when the meaning is not ‘people in general’.

7. Centuries ago …………………………… believed that the sun went around the earth.

Correct! Wrong!

One cannot be used to generalize about people who could not include the speaker; you cannot be used to generalize about people who could not include the listener.

8. ………………………….. should knock before walking into somebody’s room.

Please select 2 correct answers

Correct! Wrong!

We use one and you to talk about people in general including the speaker and the hearer.

9. One should never hide anything from …………………………….. doctor or lawyer.

Correct! Wrong!

In American English, he, him and his can be used to refer back to one. This is not normal in British English.

10. ………………………….. say her marriage is in trouble.

Correct! Wrong!

They say = people say.

11. …………………………. doesn’t know what to do in such situations.

Correct! Wrong!

We use one to talk about people in general including the speaker and the hearer.

12. ……………………………….. going to widen the road.

Correct! Wrong!

Answers

1. One / You can’t learn a new language in a week.
2. One / You should never tolerate injustice.
3. How does one / do you get to Calicut?
4. One / You can find lots of people who speak English in India.
5. Somebody knocked at the door.
6. They do not allow smoking in the kitchen.
7. Centuries ago they believed that the sun went around the earth.
8. One should knock before walking into somebody’s room.
9. One should never hide anything from one’s / his doctor or lawyer.
10. They say her marriage is in trouble.
11. One doesn’t know what to do in such situations.
12. They are going to widen the road.