What Are Indefinite Adjectives? (with Examples)

What Are Indefinite Adjectives? (with Examples)

An indefinite adjective is used to describe a noun in a non-specific sense.

Indefinite adjectives are formed from indefinite pronouns. The most common indefinite pronouns are: all, any, anyone, anything, each, everybody, everyone, everything, few, many, nobody, none, one, several, some, somebody, and someone.

When used as adjectives (i.e., when they modify nouns), these pronouns become indefinite adjectives.

The most common indefinite adjectives are: any, each, few, many, most, several, and some.

They are often used to describe a noun to show an element of uncertainty.

Examples of Indefinite Adjectives

Here are some examples of indefinite adjectives:

  • There are several people in the safe room.
  • (This is an indefinite adjective. It modifies the noun people.)
  • There are several in the safe room.
  • (This is an indefinite pronoun. It stands alone. It does not modify a noun.)

  • I have seen some cartridges in the cupboard.
  • (This is an indefinite adjective. It modifies the noun cartridges.)
  • I have seen some in the cupboard.
  • (indefinite pronoun)

  • There are only a few deer left
  • (This is an indefinite adjective. It modifies the noun deer.)
  • There are only a few left.
  • (indefinite pronoun)

More Examples of Indefinite Adjectives

Here are some indefinite adjectives that feature in witty quotes:

  • Everyone is born with genius, but most people only keep it a few minutes. (Edgard Varese, 1883-1965)

  • Many people would sooner die than think; In fact, they do so. (Bertrand Russell, 1872-1970)

  • I bought some batteries, but they weren't included. (Steven Wright)



  • See also:

    What are adjectives?
    What are compound adjectives?
    Compound adjectives
    Demonstrative adjectives
    Enumeration of adjectives
    Interrogative adjectives
    Predicate adjectives
    Participles
    Possessive adjectives
     
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