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What are Negative Pronouns?

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No one, nobody, none, nothing, neither and no are all examples of negative pronouns. Negative pronouns indicate the non-existence of people or things.

Which one we use depends on the subject of the sentence. We do not use another negative in a clause with nobody, no one or nothing. e.g "I don't do nothing."

Nobody and No one

Nobody and no one are used when talking about people.

"Nobody spoke English."

"No one understood what I was saying."


Use nothing for non-living things.

"His decisions have nothing to do with me."


None can be used for people and non-living things.

"None of friends are going."

"It's none of my business what you do."


Neither means not one thing or the other; not either.

"Neither of our ideas was any good."


No, when used as a negative pronoun, is used only with nouns.

"No student is allowed to talk."

"No smoking."

Now choose the correct pronoun to use in these sentences:

  • 1 - ___ wanted to come to the cinema with me.

  • 2 - ___ of these pens work. I'll throw them out.

  • 3 - ___ you can say will make me change my mind.

  • 4 - He's __ fool.

  • 5 - ___ his sister nor his brother knew where he was.