English Grammar : Distributive Pronouns

Distributive Pronouns in English Grammar

What Are Distributive Pronouns?

"Distributive pronouns are pronoun that describes members of a group/person/thing separately and not collectively."

Distributive Pronoun refers to person or thing. So this pronoun is always singular and we use it with singular noun and verb. We use this pronoun to describe all the members of the particular group. The most common used distributive pronouns are:

Each, every, either, neither, everyone, none, no one, any etc.
Distributive Pronouns.

Distributive Pronouns refers to a particular person/thing.

  • Each of the girls got a medal.
  • • Each of the girls draws a picture.
  • They received a medal each.
  • They each got a medal.
  • She has given ten notebooks each student.
  • • Everyone loves flowers.
  • • Everyone of them liked the suggestion.
  • • Either of you has to come for the wedding.
  • • Either of these has that information.
  • You can sit either side of the window.
  • She may either agree to work for that company or reject the offer.
  • • Neither of them was present for the wedding.
  • • Neither of the newspapers is English.
Uses of Distributive pronoun with plural noun and singular verb
We use either of, neither of and each of with plural noun and singular verb.
  • • Each of the articles is informative. (Don’t use ‘article’)
  • • Either of you can discuss this matter with the authority.
  • • Neither of the children can stand still for ten minutes. (Don’t use ‘child’)
  • • Each of the students can participate in dance competition.
  • • Either of you is not perfect for this job.
  • • Neither of them could solve that algebraic sum.
  • Each of you has to attend the extra class.
  • • Neither of the pen is useful.
  • • Any of them can attend the meeting.
  • • None of the committee members agreed to increase the building maintenance.
  • • Neither of them supported him to dance in reality show.
  • • Every one of you is brilliant according to the principal.
  • • Each one of you will be permitted to attend the class.
Each can go in different positions.
  • • Each of the boys was given a present.
  • The boys were each given a present.
  • They have each been told.
  • • Each of them have been told.
  • We each think the same.
  • • Each of us think the same.
Proper uses of Distributive Pronouns:
  • • Each new day is different. (NOT Each new days are different.)
  • • Either girl can do that. (NOT Either girls can do that.)
  • • Neither answer is correct. (NOT Neither answers is correct.) (NOT Neither answers are correct.)
  • • Each of the answers is correct. (NOT Each of the answer is correct.)
  • • Neither of the girls can do that. (NOT Either of the girl can do that.)
  • • None of the three answers is correct. (NOT Neither of the three answers is correct.)
  • We invited several friends, but none came. (NOT but neither came.)
  • You can take any of the three shirts. (NOT You can take either of the three shirts.)
Related Topics :
Types of Noun in English Language
Types of Pronoun in English Language
Types of Verb in English Language
Types of Adverb in English Language
Types of Adjective in English Language
Kinds of Preposition in English Language
Types of Conjunction in English Language
Uses of Interjection words in English Language


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