Here is an example of a pronoun that is not equal to the word it replaces (also called an “antecedent”):
Incorrect: I spoke to someone at the desk. Theysaid it will take five minutes. (How did one person turn into many people— “they”?)
To make an equal match between the pronoun and its antecedent, both must be either singular or plural.
Correct: I spoke to someone at the desk. She said it will take five minutes.
INDEFINITE PRONOUNS begin with “any,” every,” “no,” or “some,” and end with “-body,” “-one,” or “-thing.” These words are SINGULAR.
For these words, imagine adding “single” to reinforce the pronoun’s need for a singular verb, as in:
Everyone > Every (single) one
Somebody > Some (single) body
Anything > Any (single) thing
No one > No (single) one
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