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Understand the First, Second and Third Person

In this worksheet, students identify whether sentences are written in the first, second or third person.

'Understand the First, Second and Third Person' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Composition

Curriculum subtopic:   Assess Grammar and Vocabulary

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Sentences are either in the first, second or third person. When we are talking about ourselves we use the first person.

I went to football practice last night.

We are learning a new dance.

 

Sentences in the first person use the pronouns I and we.

 

When we are talking to someone else we use the second person.

You can't do that!

Are you coming to my house tonight?

 

Sentences in the second person use the pronoun you.

 

When we are talking about someone else we use the third person.

He is very good at swimming.

They live in Manchester.

 

Sentences in the third person use the pronouns he, she, it and they.

 

Use this table to help you remember:

  singular plural
first person I we
second person you you
third person he/she/it they

Decide whether the following sentence is in the first, second or third person.

 

I am really hungry.

first person

second person

third person

Decide whether the following sentence is in the first, second or third person.

 

Can you help me with the dishes, please?

first person

second person

third person

Decide whether the following sentence is in the first, second or third person.

 

Peter was struggling to finish his homework.

first person

second person

third person

Decide whether the following sentence is in the first, second or third person.

 

Last week we went camping.

first person

second person

third person

Decide whether the following sentence is in the first, second or third person.

 

The Smith family are moving into their new house tomorrow.

first person

second person

third person

Decide whether the following sentence is in the first, second or third person.

 

Jane couldn't understand why her baby sister was so upset.

first person

second person

third person

Decide whether the following sentence is in the first, second or third person.

 

Jamila lost her scarf in the snow.

first person

second person

third person

Decide whether the following sentence is in the first, second or third person.

 

Do you know the answer to this question?

first person

second person

third person

Decide whether the following sentence is in the first, second or third person.

 

We really must hurry up or we will be late.

first person

second person

third person

Decide whether the following sentence is in the first, second or third person.

 

Jake and Sarah are twins.

first person

second person

third person

  • Question 1

Decide whether the following sentence is in the first, second or third person.

 

I am really hungry.

CORRECT ANSWER
first person
EDDIE SAYS
The use of the word "I" means that the sentence is in the FIRST person.
  • Question 2

Decide whether the following sentence is in the first, second or third person.

 

Can you help me with the dishes, please?

CORRECT ANSWER
second person
EDDIE SAYS
The use of the word "you" tells us that the sentence is in the SECOND person.
  • Question 3

Decide whether the following sentence is in the first, second or third person.

 

Peter was struggling to finish his homework.

CORRECT ANSWER
third person
EDDIE SAYS
Because the sentence is describing what Peter is doing, like a narrator, it is in the THIRD person.
  • Question 4

Decide whether the following sentence is in the first, second or third person.

 

Last week we went camping.

CORRECT ANSWER
first person
EDDIE SAYS
When the words "I" or "we" are used (the person is talking about themselves) we say it is in the FIRST person.
  • Question 5

Decide whether the following sentence is in the first, second or third person.

 

The Smith family are moving into their new house tomorrow.

CORRECT ANSWER
third person
EDDIE SAYS
The sentence is describing the Smith family, so it is in the THIRD person.
  • Question 6

Decide whether the following sentence is in the first, second or third person.

 

Jane couldn't understand why her baby sister was so upset.

CORRECT ANSWER
third person
  • Question 7

Decide whether the following sentence is in the first, second or third person.

 

Jamila lost her scarf in the snow.

CORRECT ANSWER
third person
  • Question 8

Decide whether the following sentence is in the first, second or third person.

 

Do you know the answer to this question?

CORRECT ANSWER
second person
  • Question 9

Decide whether the following sentence is in the first, second or third person.

 

We really must hurry up or we will be late.

CORRECT ANSWER
first person
  • Question 10

Decide whether the following sentence is in the first, second or third person.

 

Jake and Sarah are twins.

CORRECT ANSWER
third person
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