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Understand Pronouns 2

In this worksheet, students practise distinguishing between personal and possessive pronouns.

'Understand Pronouns 2' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Writing: Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

Curriculum subtopic:  Noun and Pronoun Awareness

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

A pronoun is a word that stands in place of a noun.

 

Kayden lay down on the bed and in two minutes he was asleep.

 

In this example the pronoun 'he' is used instead of repeating the noun 'Kayden'. Words like I, he, she, it, we, you, they, him, her, us and them are personal pronouns. They are used instead of the names of people or things.

 

There is another type of pronoun called a possessive pronoun, which is used when something belongs to someone.

Kayden lay down on his bed.

In this example, the pronoun 'his' shows that the bed belongs to Kayden. (It would sound strange to say 'Kayden lay down on Kayden's bed.')

 

My, his, her, its, our, your and their are all possessive pronouns:

 

Laura ate her dinner.

The elephant lifted up a branch with its trunk.

The children finished their homework.

Identify the possessive pronoun in the following sentence.

 

The dogs wagged their tails.

dogs

dogs

wagged

their

Identify the possessive pronoun in the following sentence.

 

I love my puppy very much.

 

love

my

puppy

Identify the possessive pronoun in the following sentence.

 

Have you finished your dinner yet?

dinner

finished

dinner

your

Read the following sentence and decide whether the pronoun in bold is a personal pronoun or a possessive pronoun.

look

(Have another look at the introduction if you can't remember the difference.)

Uncle Jack said that he is starting a new job tomorrow.

personal pronoun

possessive pronoun

Read the following sentence and decide whether the pronoun in bold is a personal pronoun or a possessive pronoun.

 

Joey and Jimmy are going to fly their kite up on the moors today.

kite

personal pronoun

possessive pronoun

Read the following sentence and decide whether the pronoun in bold is a personal pronoun or a possessive pronoun.

 

Josh gave his mum a necklace for her birthday.

Present

personal pronoun

possessive pronoun

For the next four questions, you need to complete the sentences by writing the correct pronoun in the answer box.

 

The strange dog bared __________ teeth and growled.

 

dog

Complete the sentence by writing the correct pronoun in the answer box.

 

The children brushed __________ teeth and went to bed.

toothbrush

Complete the sentence by writing the correct pronoun in the answer box.

 

Jack looked at __________ watch. It was time to go home.

watch

Complete the sentence by writing the correct pronoun in the answer box.

 

Have you tidied __________ room yet? You're not going out to play until you've done it!

  • Question 1

Identify the possessive pronoun in the following sentence.

 

The dogs wagged their tails.

dogs

CORRECT ANSWER
their
EDDIE SAYS
The pronoun 'their' shows that the tails belong to the dogs.
  • Question 2

Identify the possessive pronoun in the following sentence.

 

I love my puppy very much.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
my
EDDIE SAYS
The word 'my' is the possessive pronoun here.
  • Question 3

Identify the possessive pronoun in the following sentence.

 

Have you finished your dinner yet?

dinner

CORRECT ANSWER
your
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? Yum, that roast dinner is making me feel hungry! The delicious dinner belongs to someone. 'Your' is the possessive pronoun.
  • Question 4

Read the following sentence and decide whether the pronoun in bold is a personal pronoun or a possessive pronoun.

look

(Have another look at the introduction if you can't remember the difference.)

Uncle Jack said that he is starting a new job tomorrow.

CORRECT ANSWER
personal pronoun
EDDIE SAYS
'He' is a personal pronoun because it stands for 'Uncle Jack'.
  • Question 5

Read the following sentence and decide whether the pronoun in bold is a personal pronoun or a possessive pronoun.

 

Joey and Jimmy are going to fly their kite up on the moors today.

kite

CORRECT ANSWER
possessive pronoun
EDDIE SAYS
'Their' is a possessive pronoun because it tells us that the kite belongs to Joey and Jimmy.
  • Question 6

Read the following sentence and decide whether the pronoun in bold is a personal pronoun or a possessive pronoun.

 

Josh gave his mum a necklace for her birthday.

Present

CORRECT ANSWER
possessive pronoun
EDDIE SAYS
'Her' is a possessive pronoun, the birthday belongs to Mum.
  • Question 7

For the next four questions, you need to complete the sentences by writing the correct pronoun in the answer box.

 

The strange dog bared __________ teeth and growled.

 

dog

CORRECT ANSWER
its
EDDIE SAYS
It isn't clear whether the dog is male or female so we need to use the pronoun 'its'. If we knew whether the dog was male or female we could use 'his' or 'her' instead.
  • Question 8

Complete the sentence by writing the correct pronoun in the answer box.

 

The children brushed __________ teeth and went to bed.

toothbrush

CORRECT ANSWER
their
EDDIE SAYS
Did you spell 'their' correctly? Lots of people muddle up 'their' and 'there'.
  • Question 9

Complete the sentence by writing the correct pronoun in the answer box.

 

Jack looked at __________ watch. It was time to go home.

watch

CORRECT ANSWER
his
EDDIE SAYS
We know Jack is a boy's name, so we would use the pronoun 'his'.
  • Question 10

Complete the sentence by writing the correct pronoun in the answer box.

 

Have you tidied __________ room yet? You're not going out to play until you've done it!

CORRECT ANSWER
your
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? 'Your' is the possessive pronoun in this sentence because the room belongs to the person.
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