Collection of persons or things taken as “one” at a time is called Distributive Pronoun. There are many examples of Distributive pronoun. Basically, each, either and neither are called distributive
Rule 1: A distributive pronoun is singular. It is always followed by singular noun and verb.
Each: new *year* will be different. (Not each new years will be different).
Either: *boy* can do that. (Not Either *boys* can do that.)
Neither: *answer were proved. (Not Neither answers were proved.)
Each can have different position in a sentence .
Each of the boys were selected by a test .
The boys were each given a test .
The boys were given a test each.
Rule 2: Each of, Neither of & Either of come before Plural nouns and Singular verbs in sentence.
Each of the statements was correct. ( Not Each of the statements was correct.)
Neither of the boys can do that. ( Not Neither of the boys can do that.)
Either of the planners is planning. (Not Either of the planner is planning.)
Rule 3: Distributive pronouns can also be used as distributive adjectives.
Nouns are followed by an adjective whereas pronouns do not.
Each ( adjective ) girl ( Noun ) was given a band.
Each ( pronoun ) of ( preposition … any word that is other than a noun which befits the sequence of sentence ) the girls was given a band.
USAGE OF EITHER AND NEITHER
Either & neither are used when we are referencing to two people or things. If is about more then two people or things then we can use “no”, “one”, “any”, “none“, “every”, “all”, “both”, “neither”, “either”, “half”, etc.
None of the 10 answers is correct. (Not Neither of the 10 answers is correct.)
We invited a few of relatives too, but none come. (Not…but Neither come.)
You can take any of the pair of shoe. (Not you can take Either of the pair of shoe.)
More Examples of Each
Each of the plane went in different position.
Each of the soldiers was given a special task.
The girls were each given a bracelet.
Each of them has been told.
We each think the same about this story.
Each of us thinks the same about this story.
INDEFINITE PRONOUNS: Pronouns that never refer to any person or thing in particular are called indefinite pronouns.
list of indefinite pronouns:
Many are called for interview, but few are selected.
Somebody ate my lunch!
Everyone says she is gorgeous inside and out.
No one wants to hear about problems.
Either choice has its advantages & disadvantages.
One should know what to speak while addressing.
None was selected in this interview.
Nobody came to comfort me in my pain.
Many were killed in today’s accident.
Some were killed but a Few escaped unhurt.
Difference Between Indefinite Pronouns & Distributive pronouns
THEY DIFFER IN THEIR DEFINITIONS:
Indefinite Pronouns are those who do not point to any person of thing in particular.
Distributive Pronouns are those words who point to a singular thing or person from a collection.
THEY CONFUSE :
|Indefinite pronouns||distributive pronouns|
|another, anybody, anyone, anything, each, either, enough, everybody, everyone, everything, little, much, neither, nobody, no one, nothing, one, other, somebody, someone, |
|Each, either, neither, |
each of, either of, neither of.
Difference Between Distributive Pronoun & Distributive Adjective
Distributive pronoun & distributive adjective both refer to members of a group taken as individuals, i.e, showing how something is distributed/divided among that group. What differentiates them as being either pronouns or adjectives/(pre-)determiners is the role in the sentence they play.
- Each of the soldiers was given a Gun.
Each is the subject of the sentence, so it’s a distributive pronoun in this example.
- Each soldier was given two Guns.
Each is modifying the noun soldier, so it’s actually a distributive determiner/adjective in this example.