• Personal Pronouns and Possessive Pronouns
  • Maria_Harms
  • 30.06.2020
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  • Englisch
  • B1
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Hinweis zum Einsatz im Unterricht

Re­view­ of pro­nouns and their use


Pro­nouns are words that are used to sub­sti­tu­te nouns/ noun phra­ses or show ow­ner­ship. They can be used when the re­fe­rent or thing is known be­cau­se it was men­tio­ne­d ear­lier or when the noun is de­scri­be­d, i.e. mine, she, her, its, our, t­heirs.

How to use pro­nouns

In the fol­lo­wing ex­amp­les, you can re­view­ the usage of pro­nouns and re­mem­ber why they are so im­portant to the Eng­lish lan­guage and its va­rie­ty.

Nor­mal sen­tence:

1. Ka­tha­ri­na lost her phone. Look, that is Ka­tha­ri­na´s phone.

2. Peter has a new bike. The bike is green and white.

3. My uncle Steve is the best uncle in the world. My uncle Steve has a big house and the dog of uncle Steve is very gent­le.

4. The Mil­lers house is huge.

Using the ap­pro­pria­te pro­noun:

1. Ka­tha­ri­na lost her phone. Look, that is her phone.

2. Peter has a new bike. It is green and white.

3. My uncle Steve is the best uncle in the world. He has a big house and his dog is very gent­le.

4. Their house is huge.

Pro­nouns as an o­ver­view­

Work in pairs and fill out all the gaps in the table. As the table says, it is fo­cu­sing on per­so­nal pro­nouns (for ob­jec­t and sub­ject case), the pos­ses­si­ve ad­jec­ti­ves as well as the pos­ses­si­ve pro­nouns.

Re­me­ber that the pos­ses­si­ve ad­jec­ti­ves are used like ad­jec­ti­ves to show ow­ner­ship and stand be­fo­re a noun or noun phra­se, whe­re­as the pos­ses­si­ve pro­nouns can stand alone and re­place nouns.

Per­so­nal Pro­nouns (Sub­jec­t)

Per­so­nal Pro­nouns (Ob­jec­t)

Pos­ses­si­ve ad­jec­ti­ves

Pos­ses­si­ve pro­nouns















Pro­noun Hunt

Fill in the ap­pro­pria­te pro­nouns.

Today I vi­si­te­d sis­ter H­an­nah in the hos­pi­tal. is in there be­cau­se she had an ac­ci­dent with bike. But it was not fault. was the fault of a taxi dri­ver­ who was drunk. He did not see and lost the con­trol of car. The­re­fo­re, she broke arm and has to stay for one or two nights in the hos­pi­tal. cried a lot. I said to her: will be all right. Do not worry! Howe­ver­, she got a cast and has a l­o­ve­ly and b­right red co­lour. dad was very angry about the taxi dri­ver­ and ir­re­spon­si­ble be­ha­viour. After cal­me­d down again, it came out that H­an­nah did not ride her own bike, was . Then I was re­al­ly sad as well be­cau­se she did not ask if she is al­lo­we­d to use .

Look into the text. Can you find more pro­nouns? Mark them and see why they have not been o­mit­te­d.
Game time!!!

Di­gi­tal Ca­me­ra Pro­noun Hunt

Di­vi­de into groups of 5 peo­ple and read the fol­lo­wing in­struc­tion­s ca­re­ful­ly.
  • The te­acher will give you a di­gi­tal ca­me­ra.
  • Search a quiet cor­ner (i.e. out­si­de, another room, cor­ri­dor) where you can work as a group.
  • Make up 3 sen­ten­ces with pro­nouns in your group. Find together all pro­nouns used in the sen­ten­ces (e.g. They dance­d aroun­d him in a cir­cle. We sat on top of his shoes.)
  • Try to depic­t your sen­ten­ces in a funny and crea­ti­ve way. The focus of each photo s­hould be on the pro­noun of the sen­tence.
  • Take pho­tos of every por­trayed sen­tence.
  • After 20 mi­nu­tes, you s­hould come back to the class­room. We will have a look at the pho­tos and your fel­low stu­dents have to guess the sen­ten­ces.
  • In the end we will award the fun­niest and cra­ziest pho­tos.

The focus of the por­trayed sen­tence s­hould be on the pro­noun(s) of the sen­tence.

Be crea­ti­ve and have fun!!!

Well done!