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Understand Pronouns 2

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

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Writing: Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

Curriculum subtopic:  Noun and Pronoun Awareness

Difficulty level:  

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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

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?

finished

dinner

your

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

 

(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.

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.

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.

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

 

The children brushed __________ teeth and went to bed.

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

 

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

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.

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
  • Question 3

Identify the possessive pronoun in the following sentence.

 

Have you finished your dinner yet?

CORRECT ANSWER
your
  • Question 4

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

 

(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
It 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.

CORRECT ANSWER
possessive pronoun
EDDIE SAYS
It 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.

CORRECT ANSWER
possessive pronoun
  • 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.

CORRECT ANSWER
its
EDDIE SAYS
It isn't clear whether the dog is male or female so we need to use the pronoun 'its'.
  • Question 8

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

 

The children brushed __________ teeth and went to bed.

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.

CORRECT ANSWER
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
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