Identifying pronouns

Home learning focus

To understand what pronouns are and how to identify and use them.

This lesson includes:

  • two videos to help you understand pronouns

  • three activities.

Learn

Watch this short clip to understand what pronouns are and when we use them.

Learn about pronouns.

Pronouns replace nouns. If we didn't have pronouns, we'd have to keep repeating our nouns and that would make our sentences awkward and repetitive.

For example, if we didn't use pronouns a sentence might look like this:

Tom went upstairs to the bedroom. Tom opened the door and Tom sat on the bed.

Pronouns are short words like it, she, he, you, we, they, us and them.

They are used to describe either individuals or groups of people, rather than using their name or names.

Let’s look back at the example and use pronouns to replace some of the nouns.

Tom went upstairs to the bedroom. He opened the door and he sat on the bed.

Now watch the following clip to learn about different examples of pronouns.

Learn about using pronouns in everyday life.

Practise

Activity 1

Check how well you understood the videos with these two short activities.

1. Highlight all the pronouns in the sentences.

Remember: Pronouns are the words that have replaced other nouns.

2. Then highlight all the words that could be replaced by pronouns.

Remember: Pronouns replace nouns such as names of people.

Activity 2

Complete the 'two star' Pronouns activity sheet.

If you can't print the activity sheet, write one list of all the nouns and another list of all the pronouns instead.

Top tip!

A noun will always be said first and then replaced with a pronoun afterwards. This is so the reader knows what the writer is talking about.

For example: Lucy walked into the room and she sat on the bed.

Spot the pronouns and nouns activity sheet
activity

Activity 3

Write five of your own sentences that each use one of the pronouns below.

he, she, them, they, her

Your sentences can be about anything you want.

For example: Jim had some pocket money so he bought a new book.

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