Negative pronouns

June 12th, 20121:13 pm


Negative pronouns

Most of the indefinite pronouns have the corresponding negative pro­nouns: some no, none; something — nothing, none; somebody, someone nobody, no one, none. The negative pronouns do not differ from indefinite ones either morphologically or syntactically. The only difference between these two groups lies in that the negative pronouns have the meaning of negation. Taking into account the parallel structure and similar functions of these two groups, some linguists do not differentiate between them and sug­gest regarding them as one pronominal group.

The negative pronoun neither is opposite to the defining pronouns ei­ther, both. In the sentence it may be used as subject, object, and attribute: Neither was at home when I dropped in. I like neither of the brothers. I sup­port neither project.

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