Indefinite pronouns are used to identify a member of a gender class, awiiya,
specifying a member of the animate class, and gegoo,
of the inanimate class.
Note that unlike
most other pronouns in Anishinaabemowin, indefinite pronouns do not have distinct
forms for plurals and obviatives (4th persons).
The following are some examples
of the usage of interrogative pronouns in sentences:
na wiishkobi-bakwezhigan? 'Is there any cake?' (C&G)
- Awiiya iidog waaboozoon dazhiikawaad, gii-pitikonidizo.'Someone
working on a rabbit accidentally cut herself.' (MK)
- Gaawiin geyaabi awiiya
madwe-miigaadisiiwag," odigoon giiwenh. 'There is nobody to be heard fighting
any more," she tells her.' (MK)
- Gaawiin gaye awiiya odaa-zhoomiingwetawaasiin,
gaawiin sa go gegoo. 'No
one would smile at her or do anything at all.' (MK)
- Mii go gaye wiin naasaab enaajimod imaa nibaad noondawaad awiiya
gichi-bagidanaamonid. 'But he told the same story about sleeping there, that
he heard someone breathing hard.' (MK)
- Giishpin awiiya izhaad iwidi, mii ezhi-gichi-noodininig.
'If someone goes over there, it gets very windy.' (MK)
- Mino-doodaw gakina awiiya. 'Be kind to everyone.'