a pronoun, as English some, any, somebody, that leaves unspecified the identity of its referent.
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When To Use Definite vs. Indefinite ArticlesArticles are a unique type of adjectives that indicate which noun (person, place, or thing) you’re talking about. The only definite article in English is the, and it refers to a specific noun. Indefinite articles (a or an) refer to nouns more generally. Indefinite Articles Indefinite articles refer to non-specific nouns. Think “I need a pen” or “I want an orange.” In both cases, we …
- indefinite article,
- indefinite integral,
- indefinite number,
- indefinite relative clause,
- indefinite relative pronoun,
Origin of indefinite pronoun
First recorded in 1720–30
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grammar a pronoun having no specific referent, such as someone, anybody, or nothing
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