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.
- 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.
Distributive pronouns like ‘either of’, ‘neither of’ and ‘each of’ are used with a plural noun but a singular verb:
- 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:
- 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.
- Types of Pronouns
- Uses of Pronouns
- Impersonal Pronoun
- Exclamatory Pronouns
- Interrogative Pronouns
- Defining and non-defining relative clauses
- Omission of the Relative Pronoun
- Relative Pronouns
- Reciprocal Pronouns
- Possessive Pronouns
- Indefinite Pronouns
- Demonstrative Pronouns
- Reflexive and Emphatic Pronouns
- Personal Pronouns