Pronouns are words that take the place of a noun, and they can be singular, plural, or possessive. The following collection of worksheets focuses specifically on singular pronouns. Activities include identifying the use of these particular terms within given sentences, choosing the correct pronoun to complete a sentence, classifying given pronouns and their context within written work, writing sentences using these types of terms, replacing plural pronouns with their singular equivalents, and more. Some activities have multiple sheets, so be sure to print them all. Please Note: While answer keys have been provided for each activity sheet for instructors, in some cases, your students' answers will vary.
Find the these specific terms used within each sentence. Write it on the line.
EXAMPLE: Anne gave her apple to Fred. The pronoun is her. The antecedent is Anne. The pronoun and the antecedent must match in number; they must both be singular, or both be plural. Saying Anne gave their apple to Fred would be wrong, because their is a plural pronoun.
This is all about finding and calling out certain words within each of the sentences that are coming your way. Write them on the lines.
You will start by identifying the nature of terms within a series of senetnce and then you will use each one in a sentence.
You will be given a term and asked to convert the nature of it from many to one and then you will use this new version of the pronoun in a sentence.
Rewrite each sentence, replacing the underlined noun with a different form of it which matches the intended nature of the word.
You will be given a series of sentences that are missing words in them. Make sure that the sentences are completed.
Complete each sentence. Write the best term that corresponds to the noun in parentheses.
Write the correct loner form to complete each sentence. Use the noun provided in parentheses as a clue.
Match the nouns/description on the left with their corresponding pronouns. Circle the term that is asked for and then use this word in your very own sentence.
You will see why we named it this after you read the directions. You will classify the term that is given and then use it in a sentence.
Yes, it's singular again. Did you figure it out yet? Read each pronoun and classify each of them. Then use them in a sentence.
How To Use Singular Pronouns Correctly
Pronouns are words that take the place of nouns in a sentence. Pronouns can be singular or plural, depending on the number of things they refer to. These can make writing more concise and less repetitive. They can also help clarify relationships between people, things, and ideas. In English, we use singular pronouns to refer to one thing and plural pronouns to refer to more than one thing. For example:
1. "I only have one brother."
2. "We have six children."
Singular pronouns include "I," "you," "he," "she," and "it." Plural pronouns include "we," "you," "they," and "us."
It is important to use the relevant pronoun because it can change the meaning of a sentence.
Correct Use of Singular Pronouns
When using singular pronouns, it is important to ensure that the pronoun agrees with the noun it refers to in both gender and number. For example, the pronoun "he" should only be used when referring to a male noun, and the pronoun "she" should only be used when referring to a female noun.
Additionally, the pronoun "it" should only refer to a noun that is not a person or an animal.
There are three different cases of singular pronouns: subject, object, and possessive.
- The subject case is used when the pronoun is the subject of a sentence, as in "He is writing a paper."
- The object case is used when the pronoun is the object of a sentence, as in "The teacher gave it to him."
- The possessive case is used when the pronoun shows possession, as in "His paper was well-written."
If you're unsure whether to use a singular or plural pronoun, it's usually best to err on using a singular pronoun. For example:
- "Everyone should bring their own lunch." (incorrect)
- "Everyone should bring his or her own lunch." (correct)
- "Every person should bring his or her own lunch." (also correct)
When in doubt, it's better to be more specific and use a phrase like "every person" instead of using a pronoun.
Types of Pronouns
There are several different types of pronouns, including personal, reflexive, possessive, and relative. In English, personal pronouns must go with their antecedents in number (singular or plural) and gender (feminine, masculine, or neuter).
There are three genders in English: feminine (she, her, hers), masculine (he, his, him), and neuter (it, its). Most pronouns have diverse forms depending on whether they are the subject or object of a sentence.
Reflexive pronouns are used when the subject and object of a sentence are the same person or thing. For example, if I say "I hurt myself," the reflexive pronoun myself refers back to the subject I.
Possessive pronouns show ownership. They can be used as either the subject or object of a sentence. For example, if I say, "That book is mine," the possessive pronoun mine shows that I own the book.
Relative pronouns are used to introduce relative clauses. A relative clause is a subordinate clause that offers extra information about a noun or pronoun in the main clause. Some examples are who, whom, whose, which, and that.
These must agree with their antecedents in number and gender. For example, if I say, "The student studying abroad is from my school," the relative pronoun refers back to the singular noun student.
What Is An Antecedent?
When a pronoun refers to a specific person or thing, it is called an antecedent. Antecedents can be proper nouns (names) or common nouns (words like book or house). Pronouns must agree with their number (singular or plural) antecedents and gender (masculine, feminine, or neuter).
It is important to choose the right pronoun when writing. If a pronoun doesn't agree with its antecedent, it is called a pronoun error. Pronoun errors can make writing sound confusing and unclear.
Tips To Avoid Pronoun Errors
- Read your paper aloud. If you hear yourself using a pronoun that doesn't agree with its antecedent, go back and fix the error.
- When in doubt, use a singular pronoun. It is usually better to be more specific and use a phrase like "every person" instead of a pronoun.
- If you're unsure what gender to use, pick one and stick with it throughout your paper. For example, if you're writing about a doctor helping patients, you could use she or he.