Practise Your Pronouns: First, Second and Third Pe...
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  • Introduction
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Diaries and personal letters are written in the first person (using 'I' and 'we').

 

 

 Instructions and directions are written in the second person (using 'you').

 

 

 Narrative texts and recounts are usually written in the third person (using 'he', 'she', 'it' and 'they'), although they can sometimes be written in the first person.

 

 

In the example below, Jenny has written about her walk to school. She has written it in the first person, which means she uses 'I' when she talks about herself.

I walk out of my front door and down the garden path. Then I turn left onto Cherry Avenue. At the end of the road, I turn right at the post box. I cross the road and walk to the end of Tamar Drive. My school is on the left.

 

In this worksheet you can practise using the first, second and third person to write different types of text.

  • Question 1
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Write a few sentences about your own journey to school. Remember to use the first person.

 

You could start something like this:

Every morning I walk down the road to the bus stop.

  • Question 2
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This time, write some instructions telling someone else how to make a cup of tea. Remember to use the second person.

 

You could start like this:

First you fill the kettle with water.

  • Question 3
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This time, describe briefly a playground accident that you saw and are reporting to a teacher. Do not include yourself in the account. Use the third person.

 

You could start something like this:

Jack and Charlie were racing each other across the playground when...

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This time, imagine that you have been on an exciting day out (such as to the beach or to a fun park) and you are writing your diary. Write a short account of your day in the first person.

  • Question 5
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This time, imagine that you are reporting on a school football or netball match that you watched. Write a short report of the game in the third person.

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