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Pronouns. Why Use Pronouns? . Pronouns stand in for nouns, so you don’t have to repeat yourself. Restate the following sentence as if you were Jacob:. Jacob broke the window when Jacob hit the baseball with Jacob’s bat. I broke the window when I hit the baseball with my bat.

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Why use pronouns
Why Use Pronouns?

  • Pronouns stand in for nouns, so you don’t have to repeat yourself.

  • Restate the following sentence as if you were Jacob:

  • Jacob broke the window when Jacob hit the baseball with Jacob’s bat.

  • I broke the window when I hit the baseball with my bat.



Identify the personal pronoun
Identify the personal pronoun.

  • When I turned on the lie detector, it told me it had a headache.

  • “I can’t believe you ate thirty-nine kumquats,” said Tom to his brother.

  • Gertrude threw the banana cream pie at the judge, but she later apologized.

  • Alvin asked Tim to loan him his skateboard, but Tim said, “Buy your own!”

When I turned on the lie detector, it told me it had a headache.

“I can’t believe you ate thirty-nine kumquats,” said Tom to his brother.

Gertrude threw the banana cream pie at the judge, but she later apologized.

Alvin asked Tim to loan himhis skateboard, but Tim said, “Buy your own!”


Reflexive pronouns
Reflexive Pronouns

  • Reflexive pronouns are pronouns which end with the suffix –self or –selves

  • These pronouns name a person or thing that receives an action when that same person or thing is the one performing the action

  • Example:We laughed at ourselves.

  • Write your own example and share it with the class.


Myself oneself himself herself itself yourself yourselves ourselves themselves
myself oneself himself herself itself yourself yourselves ourselves themselves

  • Miss Apple always says to the class, “Behave________ out there!”

  • Beatrice considers _______ the roller blade champion of Junction City.

  • If you worry _______ about the world too much, you will tie _________ in knots.

  • The tornado blew ____ out before it reached Kansas.

Use a reflexive pronoun for each sentence.


Demonstrative pronouns

that yourselves ourselves themselves

those

FARTHER AWAY

this

these

NEARBY

DEMONSTRATIVE Pronouns

Demonstrative Pronouns

  • Demonstrative pronouns help you demonstrate by pointing out a person, place, or thing

  • There are only four: this, that, these, those

    • Thisandthese point to what is nearby

    • That and those point to what is farther away


Indefinite pronouns
Indefinite Pronouns yourselves ourselves themselves

  • Indefinite pronouns refer to people, places, or things in a general way.

  • When an indefinite pronoun is the subject of a sentence, the verb must agree in number with the pronoun.


Remember
Remember yourselves ourselves themselves

  • Indefinite pronouns that are singular are used with singular verbs.

    • Everyoneis smart.

  • Indefinite pronouns that are always plural are used with plural verbs.

    • Many of my presents are hidden beneath the bed.


On your own
On Your Own yourselves ourselves themselves

  • Write a sentence using a singular indefinite pronoun.

  • Write a sentence using a plural indefinite pronoun.


Interrogative pronouns

which yourselves ourselves themselves

Interrogative Pronouns

  • a pronoun used in order to ask a question

  • often it has no antecedent because the antecedent is unknown

whom

who

what

whose


Interrogative pronouns example
Interrogative Pronouns- Example yourselves ourselves themselves

  • What did you say?

  • Who said that?


Possessive pronouns
Possessive Pronouns yourselves ourselves themselves

  • Use possessive forms of personal pronouns to show ownership

  • Some possessive pronouns come before nouns

    • I left my homework on the bus.

  • Other possessive pronouns are used by themselves to show ownership. These pronouns do not come before nouns.

    • These diamonds are mine.


Antecedents
Antecedents yourselves ourselves themselves

  • Antecedent = the noun that the pronoun stands in for

  • In the following sentences, first identify the pronoun. Then identify the antecedent.

  • This is the pen he used to write the note.

  • This is the pen he used to write the note.

  • This is the pen he used to write the note.

  • The bat built its home in our attic.

  • The bat built its home in our attic.

  • The bat built its home in our attic.

  • Was that the road we were supposed to take?

  • Was that the road we were supposed to take?

  • Was that the road we were supposed to take?


A common pronoun dilemma
A Common Pronoun Dilemma . . . yourselves ourselves themselves

  • Singular or Plural??

    • Singular pronouns only replace singular nouns

      • Kathy broke the vase. She was guilty!

    • Plural pronouns only replace plural nouns

      • Mark and Kathy were playing ball in the house. They disobeyed the rules!


Another Common yourselves ourselves themselves

Pronoun Dilemma . . .

  • I or me?? – when there are more than one person involved:

    • I will always be the subject – doing the action.

      • Tom and I played chess last week.

    • Me will always be the nounreceiving the action.

      • Catherine let Tom and me play chess at her house.

Check your answer by taking out the other person’s name and reading the sentence with just the pronoun to see if it’s correct!


Name That Pronoun yourselves ourselves themselves

  • Use your pronoun shape notes as reference

  • On each jigsaw puzzle that follows, if there is a word in yellow, change it to the correct pronoun

  • You must then identify the type of pronoun it is


played yourselves ourselves themselves

goalie

Jared

What pronoun is it??

Third Person Singular

his

Jared

for

soccer

team

today.


is yourselves ourselves themselves

the

This

This

What pronoun is it??

I

article

Demonstrative

mentioned

to

you.


bought yourselves ourselves themselves

herself

Julia

Julia

What pronoun is it??

Third Person Singular Reflexive

a

ticket

to

the

movie.


actors yourselves ourselves themselves

took

The

What pronoun is it??

Third Person Plural

the actors

their

bow

after

the

play.


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