Grammar - Conventions of Standard English - Pronouns
My dog had six puppies.

Grammar - Conventions of Standard English - Pronouns

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A pronoun is a word that replaces one or more nouns. As an example: 'Jack’s car' can be reworded using a pronoun to say 'his car'. Now look at the sentence: 'Tom, Alice, Kay and Mike went to the movies.' 'Tom, Alice, Kay and Mike' can be replaced with the pronoun 'they'. The new sentence would read: 'They went to the movies.'

1.
Find the correct pronoun for the missing word.
Jason’s cousins flew in from California yesterday. I guess that’s why _____ were so tired.
he
their
they
them
In this sentence string we are referring to 'Jason’s cousins'. This means we need to replace 'Jason’s cousins' with a pronoun. 'He' indicates one male. 'Their' shows us possession. 'Them' refers to persons, places and things that are not taking an action. 'They' refers to a group of people, places or things that are performing an action. As the cousins are tired, we see that an action has taken place, therefore, 'they' is the correct pronoun.
2.
Find the correct pronoun for the missing word.
Grandpa will be flying to Hawaii. __ already bought the plane ticket.
They
We
He
She
In this sentence string we need to replace 'Grandpa' with a pronoun. 'They' and 'We' refer to more than one person, place or thing so we know they cannot replace 'Grandpa'. 'She' is a feminine pronoun so it is not the correct pronoun to use here. 'He' is a masculine pronoun and can correctly replace 'Grandpa'.
3.
Find the correct pronoun for the missing word.
My dad and I bought a new bike on the internet. Amazon will deliver it to _____ next week.
us
we
him
their
In this sentence string we need to replace 'Dad and I' with a pronoun. 'We' refers to more than one person and indicates an action that the persons will do. 'Him' refers to one male. 'Their' is a pronoun that shows possession. As 'Dad and I' are not taking action, then the pronoun to refer to 'Dad and I' is 'Us'. Amazon is the thing that is doing the action, i.e., will deliver.
4.
Find the correct pronoun for the missing word.
My brother took the bike to the shop. I won’t get ___ back for a week.
it
his
himself
itself
In this sentence string we need to replace 'bike' with a pronoun. As 'his' and 'himself' refer to a person, we know that they cannot replace 'bike'. 'Itself' indicates an action taken place. For example: 'The battery recharges itself.' As the bike is not taking action, the only correct pronoun to use here is 'it'.
5.
Find the correct pronoun for the missing word.
My dog had six puppies. We gave four of _____ away.
her
them
they
each
In this sentence string it is referring to the 'puppies'. This means we need to replace 'puppies' with a pronoun. 'Her' indicates a female and possession. 'Each' indicates individual items or things but we have six puppies. 'They' is a subject pronoun and is the plural of 'he', 'she' and 'it'. It refers to a group of people, places or things that are performing an action. 'Them' on the other hand refers to persons, places and things that are not taking an action. As the puppies are not taking an action, the pronoun 'them' applies.
6.
Find the correct pronoun for the missing word.
Carol is in my dance class. _____ is my best friend.
He
Her
She
They
In this sentence string we need to replace 'Carol' with a pronoun. 'He' refers to a male so we know that is incorrect. 'Her' indicates possession such as in 'Her dress'. 'They' indicates that we are talking about more than one thing. That leaves us with 'She'. 'She' is the correct pronoun for Carol.
7.
Find the correct pronoun for the missing word.
The old man fell down on the ground. I ran to help ___ get up.
he
him
his
her
In this sentence string we need to replace 'old man' with a pronoun. 'His' refers to a single male and is possessive. 'Her' refers to a single female and is possessive. 'He' refers to a single male who is taking an action. 'Him' refers to a single male who is not taking an action. In this sentence string the old man is not taking an action, rather someone else is taking action. Therefore, the correct pronoun is 'him'.
8.
Find the correct pronoun for the missing word.
My mother’s famous cake won top prize at the fair. ___ has always been my favorite!
None
Those
Some
It
In this sentence string we need to replace 'famous cake' with a pronoun. 'None' refers to more than thing. Both 'those' and 'some' are also pronouns that refer to one person, place or thing. 'It' is a singular pronoun and replaces the 'famous cake'.
9.
Find the correct pronoun for the missing word.
Janice knows how to play the flute. ____ brother can play the drums.
Hers
His
She
Her
In this sentence string we need to replace 'Janice' with the correct pronoun. The pronoun 'hers' refers to a third person and replaces 'her + noun'. Example: 'Her car' would be replaced by 'hers'. 'His' is a pronoun that refers to a single male and is possessive. 'She' is a pronoun that replaces a single female person, place or thing. 'Her' refers to a single female and is possessive. In this sentence, 'Her' is the correct pronoun as the brother belongs to Janice.
10.
Find the correct pronoun for the missing word.
Richard, Peter and I went to the beach. ___ hadn’t been since last summer.
We
They
These
Us
In this sentence string we need to replace 'Richard, Peter and I' with a pronoun. 'These' is a plural pronoun that is used to replace places and things and not so much people. 'They' refers to a group of people, places or things that are performing an action but does not include a first place person which, in this instance, would be 'I'. 'Us' refers to a group of people, places or things that includes a first place person (I, me) but an action is not taking place. In the second sentence here, 'Richard, Peter and I' took an action, therefore, the pronoun 'We' indicates that an action took place.
Author:  Christine G. Broome

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