What Are Indefinite Adjectives? (with Examples)An indefinite adjective is used to describe a noun in a non-specific sense.
The most common indefinite adjectives are any, each, few, many, much, most, several, and some.
They are often used to describe a noun to show an element of uncertainty.
Indefinite adjectives should not be confused with indefinite pronouns. Indefinite adjectives modify nouns or pronouns. Indefinite pronouns are standalone pronouns. For example:
- We are all born with genius, but most of us only keep it for a few minutes. (In this example, most is an indefinite pronoun, and few is an indefinite adjective. It modifies minutes.)
- However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? (Buddha) (In this example, only the first many is an indefinite adjective. (It modifies holy words.) The second many is an indefinite pronoun.)
Examples of Indefinite AdjectivesHere 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)