Is the word "student" an indefinite pronoun? I am just confused about this word. Would you like to express your views regarding this?

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    No, it is a common noun. Dec 18, 2015 at 10:18
  • But indefinite pronouns can also be males or females. The word "student"can be either male or female, so sir why can't we call it the indefinite pronoun? Dec 18, 2015 at 10:28
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    Yes ,but this sentence is confusing me. a student can be a person. It can be a male or female. Indefinite pronouns can be also males or females, that is why I asked this question, sir. Dec 18, 2015 at 10:33
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    You wrote "I am just confused about this word". Did you mean "student" or "indefinite pronoun" when you wrote "this word"? Dec 18, 2015 at 11:23
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    To be an indefinite pronoun, it must first be a pronoun. Being able to be used for both males and females is not an indication of pronoun-ness.
    – Martha
    Dec 18, 2015 at 18:10

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From Google:

Indefinite pronouns are words which replace nouns without specifying which noun they replace.

Singular: another, anybody, anyone, anything, each, either, everybody, everyone, everything, little, much, neither, nobody, no one, nothing, one, other, somebody, someone, something.

Plural: both, few, many, others, several.

A noun can be used in an indefinite sense to mean "anyone who is" - e.g:

Give it to a student.

Means give it to anyone who is a student. But student is a noun, not a pronoun. Only the words above are indefinite pronouns.


"student" is a normal noun, you can say "a student" and form the plural "students". You can't do this with any pronoun. And a lot of nouns have only one form for both sexes: teacher, doctor, artist etc.

The list of pronouns is limited. http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/pronouns1.htm

A pronoun replaces a noun: Peter is my brother. You can replace "Peter" by "he". What noun should "student" replace?

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    I've seen people pluralize "someone"/"somebody"; in particular, "several someones" is a reasonable enough thing to say. Most pronouns don't seem to exhibit this, though. Dec 18, 2015 at 19:08

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