Distributive Pronouns

Distributive Pronouns

Distributive Pronouns:

Distributive Pronouns

Distributive Pronouns refer to persons or things one at a time. It considers the members of a group separately, rather than collectively. This pronoun is always singular and is used with a singular noun and verb.

 

Distributive Pronouns are: Each, either, neither 

Important points to note:

  • Each refers to every one of a number of persons or things. 
  • Either or Neither refers to only two persons or things.
  • When more than two persons or things are spoken of, any, no one, none should be used.

 

Example sentences:

  • Each has a different solution to the problem.
  • Each of my friends has made a phone call to me today.
  • I gave each a book.
  • They each played their part.
  • Either of those books can be offered as a gift to her.
  • Either of the two students is willing to go there.
  • I gave each of my three friends a book.
  • Each of the players is playing well. 
  • Either of you can answer my questions.
  • Neither is suitable for the post
  • Either of them may accept your proposal.
  • Two brothers attended the interview.  But Neither has given proper answers.
  • Neither of your suggestions will be accepted.

 

Note:

Distributive pronouns like ‘either of’, ‘neither of’ and ‘each of’ are used with a plural noun but a singular verb:

Examples:

  • Each of the members has been involved in this. (not member’)
  • Each of the teachers has to attend school tomorrow.
  • Neither of the offers can allure me.
  • Each of my friends accepts the proposal.
  • Each of your names is to be registered for the event.
  • Either of them has to help you.
  • Neither of them has been invited to the seminar.
  • Either of his two sisters needs to attend the court.
  • Either of the schools can register for the award.
  • Neither of your friends is sincere enough.

Difference Distributive Pronouns between Distributive Adjectives:

 

Distributive Pronouns each, either and neither can also be used as Distributive Adjectives. They are followed by nouns of the singular number: 

 

Examples:

  • Each player has to play well.
  • A teacher must know each child personally.
  • Each friend of mine contributed their share.
  • Every student has sent an email.
  • The show will be broadcast every Monday.
  • Every citizen in India is proud to be an Indian.
  • Either girl can solve this puzzle.
  • You can select either book.
  • There are flowers on either side of the Temple.
  • Neither girl could open the door.
  • Neither problem is easy to solve.
  • Neither candidate is suitable for the job.