AFAIK it is correct English grammar to say something along the lines of

Familiarize yourself with everything Apple.

What is this use of "everything" called? Is it just a short colloquial form of saying "everything concerning"?

Only thing I could find was

Gretchen enjoys anything sweet.

at the bottom of https://ifioque.com/parts-of-speech/pronouns/indefinite-pronoun but it does not further clarify what this is called.

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    The structure itself is just a reduced relative clause: "everything that is (related to/named/significant for) Apple". Everything is just the antecedent to the reduced relative. It's nothing special about everything. Nov 30, 2022 at 19:30
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    I used to get hung up about correctly assigning every usage of a word to a POS category. But one finds that different institutions (even sub-faculties) use different sets, and that anyone who believes that there are not still genuine disputes over what correct assignments actually are (and whether gradience and/or other models are valid) is arguably ill-informed. Nov 30, 2022 at 19:47
  • POS: Part Of Speech Dec 1, 2022 at 2:28
  • @EdwinAshworth Does that mean it is unclear if this is a valid grammatical construct?
    – leonheess
    Dec 2, 2022 at 13:14
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    'Familiarize yrself w evythng Apple.' passes the 'clarity?' test in Grice's maxim's, which is arguably the first hurdle when gauging acceptability. It arguably sounds acceptable, even good (punchy): arguably the second hurdle (Orwell's Sixth Law). It follows an idiomatic pattern (another early hurdle). But it is arguably extragrammatical. Purists might prefer 'Familiarize yourself with everything [that is] associated with Apple.' And correspondingly, 'Apple' here might be classed as a 'very reduced relative clause' rather than 'adj' / 'n' / 'misc modifier of n' etc. I'd say 'OK informally'. Dec 2, 2022 at 16:41

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What is it called when indefinite pronouns are used as determiner? E.g. “Familiarize yourself with everything Apple.”

Everything is not a determiner. It is a pronoun.

Everything Apple” = all things that are associated with Apple.

Apple is operating as a post-positional attributive noun.

  • That doesn't answer my question tho. Also, words can be both pronouns and determiners. To quote Wikipedia: Indefinite pronouns are associated with indefinite determiners of a similar or identical form (such as every, any, all, some). A pronoun can be thought of as replacing a noun phrase, while a determiner introduces a noun phrase and precedes any adjectives that modify the noun. Thus all is an indefinite determiner in "all good boys deserve favour" but a pronoun in "all are happy".
    – leonheess
    Dec 2, 2022 at 13:08
  • @leonheess Also, words can be both pronouns and determiners. I think you have misread the article. As a determiner, the word would have to act in an adjectival manner and have an associated NP. It is clear here that "everything" is an NP/substantive.
    – Greybeard
    Dec 2, 2022 at 14:07
  • @leonheess 'Indefinite pronouns are associated with indefinite determiners of a similar or identical form' is talking about intercategorial polysemy. 'All men are selfish' and 'All are selfish' use determiner/determinative 'all' and pronoun 'all' respectively. Some would argue they're different words, as with run [n] and run [v] etc.. Dec 2, 2022 at 15:55

My view is that in the phrase

Familiarize yourself with everything Apple

the word 'Apple' is used as a modifier. Think of an Apple device, an Apple style, a quintessentially Apple way of doing business etc.

I think that 'everything Apple' is of the same construction as

something/someone + modifier

which is of course common.

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    No, Apple is not an adjective. You’ll no more ever have a watch that is Apple than you will a baby who is food or a sitter who is house, yet you can still have Apple watches, baby food, and house sitters. Sometimes nouns can modify other nouns, and in all these cases, they do do that. Just because something modifies a noun does ɴᴏᴛ mean it ‘must’ be an adjective❗ The grammatical role is modifier, but the part of speech of these modifiers I’ve just demonstrated is noun. Unfinished home squatters are squatters of unfinished homes—ɴᴏᴛ people who are themselves somehow unfinished.
    – tchrist
    Dec 2, 2022 at 13:02
  • @tchrist Thanks, will replace adjective with modifier in the answer Dec 3, 2022 at 5:01

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