English Grammar Exercises for B1 – Indefinite pronouns: some-, any-, no-, every-

1. Choose the correct indefinite pronoun.

1 I didn’t have to pay ______ for the tickets. They were free.

a nothing      b anything      c something

2 We didn’t like the city. There were tourists ______ .

a anywhere      b somewhere      c everywhere

3 I think I’ve missed the train. There’s ______ on the platform.

a anybody      b everybody      c nobody

4 He can’t lift his suitcase. There’s ______ heavy in it.

a something      b everything      c anything

5 The law says that ______ has to wear a seat belt.

a everybody      b anybody      c somebody

6 The restaurant was full. There was ______ to sit.

a anywhere      b nowhere      c somewhere

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1 b   2 c   3 c   4 a   5 a   6 b

2. The indefinite pronouns in these sentences are incorrect. Rewrite them correctly.

Has somebody seen passport?

     __anybody______

I was hungry because there was anything to eat.

 ____________

There wasn’t nobody at the check-in desk.

 ____________

We didn’t have nowhere to sleep.

 ____________

Can I have anything to drink?

 ____________

I’ll go somewhere as long as there’s a beach.

 ____________

I want to meet nobody from London.

 ____________

8  Anybody says that Paris is amazing in the spring.

______________

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2 nothing   3 anybody / anyone   4 anywhere

5 something   6 anywhere   7 somebody / someone

8 Everybody

3. Complete the dialogue with indefinite pronouns.

Liz   I’ve been thinking about the holidays. Let’s go 1 _____ different this year.

Phil Were you thinking of 2 _____ in particular?

Liz   Well, 3 _____ at work went to Monte Carlo last year. She said it was great!

Phil But 4 _____ in Monte Carlo is so expensive! We can’t afford a holiday.

Liz   You said the same last year and we did 5 _____ all summer. I don’t know 6 _____ except us who spends their holidays in their garden!

Phil  Well, if you can think of 7 _____ cheap to do, I’ll agree to it.

Liz    8 _____ says that camping is cheap.

Phil  OK. Let’s go and buy a tent.

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1 somewhere   2 anywhere   3 somebody / someone

4 everything   5 nothing   6 anybody / anyone

7 something   8 Everybody / Everyone

4. Complete the article with indefinite pronouns.

Low-cost flights may mean you can go away 1 _____ exciting for the same price as it costs to stay at home, but there is another side to the story. Every time 2 _____ takes a return flight from London to New York, about 1.2 tonnes of carbon dioxide is produced. You can’t travel 3 _____ by plane without contributing to global warming.

So, can 4 _____ be done to solve the problem? Currently, governments seem to be doing almost 5 _____ to control the carbon emissions from aircraft. 6 _____ has managed to discover an alternative fuel to kerosene yet. Governments need to do 7 _____ to stop the damage airlines are causing. Relying on individuals to limit the flights they take is not the answer. There isn’t 8 _____ who would choose a train over a plane when they have to travel over 1,000 km to a business meeting or a family wedding.

One thing is clear. If the issue of aircraft carbon emissions is not addressed, there will soon be 9 _____ attractive to fly to.

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1 somewhere   2 somebody / someone   3 anywhere

4 anything   5 nothing   6 Nobody / No one

7 something   8 anybody / anyone   9 nowhere

Challenge!

Read the questions and use indefinite pronouns to write your answers.

Who would you like to go on holiday with?

________

________

What activities would you like to do on your next holiday?

________

________

Where would you like to go for your next holiday?

________

________