Pronouns
I loved him, but he didn't love me.

Pronouns

Pronouns are words that can be used to replace nouns, for example: 'Sally broke the window. How did she break it?' Here, the pronoun 'it' takes the place of 'the window'. Pronouns are words like 'I', 'you', 'me', 'mine' and 'theirs'. By the way, DON'T confuse possessive pronouns such as 'mine', 'yours' and 'theirs' with the corresponding possessive adjectives 'my', 'your' and 'their' - they are NOT the same.

A useful tip when thinking about which answer is correct is to say the phrase out loud putting each of the four answers in the blanks. Which ones sound obviously wrong? Eliminate them.

In this 11-plus quiz we are only going to deal with the personal and possessive pronouns; however, there are lots of other pronouns in the English language.

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  1. Complete the sentence with the correct pronoun(s).
    It was ___ not ___.
    You require the possessive pronoun 'theirs' in the first gap and the possessive pronoun 'ours' in the second gap. The possessive pronouns are as follows: mine, yours, his, hers, its, ours, theirs. Notice that they all end in -s: with the exception of mine. They show possession, and they can be used both as a subject and object, e.g. 'These are lovely rings. Mine are the most beautiful' (Subject: mine = my rings); 'They haven't seen yours' (Object: yours = your rings)
  2. Complete the sentence with the correct pronoun(s).
    Did you see ___ last night?
    You require the object pronoun 'us'. The object pronouns are as follows: me, you, him, her, it, us, them. Object pronouns come after the verb, e.g. 'David saw the cat hiding in the kitchen. Sue also saw it hiding in the kitchen' (it = the cat)
  3. Complete the sentence with the correct pronoun(s).
    She told ___ to tell ___ that they can't come with ___ .
    You require the object pronoun 'me' in the first gap, the object pronoun 'you' in the second gap and the object pronoun 'us' in the third gap. The object pronouns are as follows: me, you, him, her, it, us, them. Object pronouns come after the verb AND after prepositions (little words like 'on', 'in', 'with', etc.) e.g. 'Charlie saw the horror film last night. Josie also saw it' (it = the film)
  4. Complete the sentence with the correct pronoun(s).
    They chased the fox, but ___ gave ___ the slip.
    You require the subject pronoun 'it' in the first gap and the object pronoun 'them' in the second gap. The subject pronouns are as follows: I, you, he, she, it, we, they. Subject pronouns come before the verb: except in questions, e.g. 'We are playing football'; 'Are you sleepy? The object pronouns are as follows: me, you, him, her, it, us, them. Object pronouns come after the verb, e.g. 'Colin saw the mouse in the field. Sarah also saw it' (it = the mouse)
  5. Complete the sentence with the correct pronoun(s).
    It's not ___ ; it's ___ .
    You require the possessive pronoun 'mine' in the first gap and the possessive pronoun 'theirs' in the second gap. The possessive pronouns are as follows: mine, yours, his, hers, its, ours, theirs. Notice that they all end in -s: with the exception of mine. They show possession, and they can be used both as a subject and an object, e.g. 'These are lovely paintings. Mine are the most beautiful' (Subject: mine = my paintings); 'They haven't seen yours' (Object: yours = your paintings)
  6. Complete the sentence with the correct pronoun(s).
    I loved ___ , but he didn't love ___ .
    You require the object pronoun 'him' in the first gap and the object pronoun 'me' in the second gap. The object pronouns are as follows: me, you, him, her, it, us, them. Object pronouns come after the verb, e.g. 'Harry saw the rabbit in the woods. Sue also saw it' (it = the rabbit)
  7. Complete the sentence with the correct pronoun(s).
    I don't remember seeing ___ looking at your answers.
    You require the object pronoun 'him'. Object pronouns come after the verb AND after prepositions (little words like 'on', 'in', 'with', etc.), e.g. 'Steve saw the comedy film last night. Sam also saw it' (it = the film)
  8. Complete the sentence with the correct pronoun(s).
    ___ didn't give ___ anything.
    You require the subject pronoun 'we' in the first gap and the object pronoun 'him' in the second gap. The subject pronouns are as follows: I, you, he, she, it, we, they. Subject pronouns come before the verb: except in questions, e.g. 'We are playing golf'; 'Are you tired?' The object pronouns are as follows: me, you, him, her, it, us, them. Object pronouns come after the verb, e.g. 'Helen saw the fox in the woods. Sue also saw it' (it = the fox)
  9. Complete the sentence with the correct pronoun(s).
    I can't find ___ , so I'll use ___ .
    You require the possessive pronoun 'his' in the first gap and the possessive pronoun 'yours' in the second gap. The possessive pronouns are as follows: mine, yours, his, hers, its, ours, theirs. Notice that they all end in -s: with the exception of mine. They show possession, and they can be used both as a subject and an object, e.g. 'These are lovely flowers. Mine are the most beautiful' (Subject: mine = my flowers); 'They haven't seen yours' (Object: yours = your flowers)
  10. Complete the sentence with the correct pronoun(s).
    I didn't tell ___ anything.
    You require the object pronoun 'them'. The object pronouns are as follows: me, you, him, her, it, us, them. Object pronouns come after the verb, e.g. 'Peter saw the children hiding in the barn. Mary also saw them hiding in the barn' (them = the children)

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