indefinite pronouns (vague expressions)

indefinite pronouns (vague expressions)

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Point 69 in the category of PRONOUNS is defined as:

indefinite pronouns in vague expressions to refer to things in a non-specific way.

*The examples given in the EGP are:

or_CC anything_PN1
or_CC somewhere_RL

*Notice that somewhere is tagged above as a locative adverb.

If we look in the iWeb corpus for

or _pn1 * *

1 OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT . 19281
2 OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT . 10403
3 OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT , 6187
4 OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT , 4749
5 OR SOMETHING ALONG THOSE LINES 3914
6 OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT ) 3200


OR SOMETHING TO THAT EFFECT

  Telemedia Online
… night stand, either, as there are more and more stories of people getting married who initially met through Tinder or something to that effect.
*this is quite idiomatic

8 OR SOMETHING . I 2320
9 OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS 2291
10 OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT ? 1966
11 OR SOMETHING ELSE ? 1705
12 OR SOMETHING SIMILAR . 1686
13 OR ANYTHING , BUT I 1649
14 OR ANYTHING ELSE . 1647
15 OR SOMETHING ELSE . 1612
16 OR SOMETHING . ” 1559
17 OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW HAS 1134
18 OR NOTHING AT ALL . 1118
19 OR SOMETHING . Q! Q! 1088
20 OR SOMETHING OF THAT NATURE 1056
21 OR ANYTHING OF THE SORT 1043
22 OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT AND 1017
23 OR SOMETHING , BUT I 1004
24 OR ANYTHING ELSE FOR THAT 1003
25 OR ANYONE ELSE FOR THAT 968
26 OR ANYTHING IN BETWEEN . 951
27 OR SOMETHING OF THE SORT 939
28 OR NOTHING TO DO WITH 912
29 OR ANYONE ELSE . 865
30 OR ANYTHING ELSE YOU CAN 851
31 OR ANYTHING IN BETWEEN , 829
32 OR SOMETHING . I DO 819
33 OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW , 818
34 OR ANYTHING , BUT IT 805
35 OR SOMETHING ) . 743
36 OR ANYONE FOR THAT MATTER 706
37 OR SOMETHING . THE 703
38 OR SOMETHING . IT ‘S 688
39 OR ANYTHING OF THAT NATURE 672
40 OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT ? 670
41 OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT … 649
42 OR ANYTHING . ” 623
43 OR SOMETHING ? I 595
44 OR SOMETHING . I ‘M 583
45 OR SOMEONE YOU CARE ABOUT 567
46 OR SOMETHING OF THAT SORT 562
47 OR SOMETHING ? ” 555
48 OR ANYTHING . I 548
49 OR SOMETHING SIMILAR ) . 548
50 OR ANYTHING OF THAT SORT 531
51 OR ANYTHING ELSE . I 526
52 OR ANYTHING ELSE THAT YOU 522
53 OR SOMEONE IN YOUR FAMILY 519
54 OR ANYTHING . IT ‘S 505
55 OR ANYTHING , I JUST 500
56 OR ANYONE WHO WANTS TO 498
57 OR SOMEONE CLOSE TO YOU 497
58 OR ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT 488
59 OR SOMEONE ELSE . 485
60 OR ANYTHING FOR THAT MATTER 480
61 OR ANYTHING ELSE THAT IS 465
62 OR SOMEONE YOU LOVE IS 452
63 OR ANYONE ELSE IN THE 451
64 OR SOMETHING ELSE . I 447
65 OR SOMETHING IN BETWEEN . 447
66 OR SOMETHING , BUT IT 445
67 OR ANYTHING TO DO WITH 441
68 OR SOMETHING ELSE ENTIRELY . 439
69 OR ANYTHING . I JUST 426
70 OR ANYTHING ELSE THAT MIGHT 426
71 OR SOMETHING IN BETWEEN , 414
72 OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT TO 407
73 OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT BUT 400
74 OR SOMETHING . ” 397
75 OR SOMETHING LIKE IT . 388
76 OR ANYTHING ELSE . IT 387
77 OR SOMETHING . IT WAS 385
78 OR SOMETHING . I THINK 384
79 OR SOMETHING SIMILAR . I 381
80 OR ANYTHING ELSE . THE 376
81 OR SOMETHING AS SIMPLE AS 368
82 OR SOMETHING LIKE IT , 368
83 OR ANYTHING ELSE IN THE 366
84 OR SOMETHING , AND I 363
85 OR ANYTHING , IT ‘S 358
86 OR SOMETHING . I HAVE 354
87 OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT BUT 348
88 OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT 347
89 OR ANYTHING . I ‘M 344
90 OR SOMETHING ELSE ENTIRELY ? 343
91 OR SOMETHING A LITTLE MORE 341
92 OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT ) 335
93 OR SOMETHING OF THE LIKE 335
94 OR SOMETHING CLOSE TO IT 334
95 OR SOMETHING , I DO 332
96 OR ANYTHING , BUT THE 331
97 OR ANYTHING ELSE THAT CAN 328
98 OR SOMETHING TO DO WITH 325
99 OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT ( 324
100 OR SOMETHING LIKE THIS . 319



 

or _rl * *

1 OR ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE 1137

  Pacific Northwest Inlander
But it’s a law that hasn’t been enforced in Spokane or anywhere else in the state in recent history.

2 OR SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN , 645
3 OR SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN . 629
4 OR ANYWHERE ELSE FOR THAT 582
5 OR ANYWHERE IN BETWEEN . 579
6 OR ANYWHERE ELSE . 561
7 OR ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD 457
8 OR ANYWHERE IN BETWEEN , 378
9 OR ANYWHERE FOR THAT MATTER 358
10 OR ANYWHERE ELSE ON THE 294
11 OR ABOVE . Q! Q! 258
12 OR ABOVE . THE 222
13 OR SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN ? 214
14 OR ABOVE AND PAY ONLY 208
15 OR SOMEWHERE ELSE . 201
16 OR SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE 199
17 OR ELSEWHERE IN THE WORLD 193
18 OR ABOVE ) . 190
19 OR SOMEWHERE ELSE IN THE 174
20 OR ANYWHERE YOU WANT TO 157

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