Common Core: 1st Grade English Language Arts : Use Personal, Possessive, and Indefinite Pronouns: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.1.1.D

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Example Question #31 : Language

Fill in the blank with the correct possessive pronoun. 

The kite belongs to me. It is __________ kite. 

Possible Answers:

I

me

my

Correct answer:

my

Explanation:

A possessive pronoun shows who owns or has something.

The first sentence tells us that the kite belongs to "me". "Me" is a possessive noun. The correct possessive pronoun that goes with "me" is "my". 

Example Question #5 : Pronouns

Choose the word that best completes the following sentence.

The man was so large that he could not fit into _______________ seat. 

Possible Answers:

he

he's

him

his

Correct answer:

his

Explanation:

The correct answer is "his." This sentence requires a singular possessive pronoun, because in this sentence, the chair belongs to the man. The only option that fits as both singular and possessive is "his."

Example Question #7 : Pronouns

Choose the word that best completes the following sentence.

The girl dropped ________ ice cream cone. 

Possible Answers:

their 

her

its

his

Correct answer:

her

Explanation:

The correct answer is "her." Since the subject is a singular female, the pronoun also needs to be singular and feminine. "Its" and "his" are singular, but aren't feminine, and "their" is plural.  The only choice that is singular and feminine is "her," so it is the best choice. 

Example Question #9 : Pronouns

Choose the word that best completes the following sentence.

She came to class to get something from _____________ friend. 

Possible Answers:

her

she

he

his 

Correct answer:

her

Explanation:

The correct answer is "her." This pronoun refers to the subject, "she," which is singular and feminine, so the pronoun must also be singular and feminine. It also needs to be a possessive pronoun, since the pronoun describes something that belongs to the subject of the sentence ("her friend"). The only choice that fits these descriptions is "her," so it is the best choice. 

Example Question #10 : Pronouns

Choose the word that best completes the following sentence.

Each class has ____________ own teacher.

Possible Answers:

his 

her

their

its

Correct answer:

its

Explanation:

The correct answer is "its." This sentence requires a singular pronoun to agree with the subject, "apartment" which is singular, therefore, the choice "their," which is plural, is incorrect. The word apartment does not have a gender, so we do not use "his" or "her." That is why the best choice is "its."

Example Question #31 : Grammar Based Sentence Completions

Kathy was mad. I had never seen _______________ so mad.

Possible Answers:

she

her

him

he

Correct answer:

her

Explanation:

This question is a simple interrogation of correct pronoun usage. The only possible correct answer is thus "her" since "Kathy" is the object of the second main clause. 

Example Question #1 : Use Personal, Possessive, And Indefinite Pronouns: Ccss.Ela Literacy.L.1.1.D

Which pronoun can replace the underlined noun in the sentence?

Rebecca has a spelling test today.

Possible Answers:

She

It

They

He

Correct answer:

She

Explanation:

In this sentence, the subject/noun that is being replaced is Rebecca. It can be assumed that Rebecca is a female name, so the most appropriate pronoun to replace it is "she." "They" refers to a group of people, "he" is used for males, and "it" would refer to something previously mentioned or easily identified, so in this instance, "she" is the best fit.

Example Question #2 : Use Personal, Possessive, And Indefinite Pronouns: Ccss.Ela Literacy.L.1.1.D

Which pronoun can replace the underlined noun in the sentence?

The nurses have a lot of patients today!

Possible Answers:

It

He

She

They

Correct answer:

They

Explanation:

In this sentence, the subject/noun that is being replaced is "the nurses". It can be assumed that "the nurses" is referring to a group of nurses or multiple nurses because of the -s ending, so the most appropriate pronoun to replace the noun is "they." "They" refers to a group of people, "he" is used for males, "she" is used for females, and "it" would refer to something previously mentioned or easily identified, so in this instance, "they" is the best fit.

Example Question #3 : Use Personal, Possessive, And Indefinite Pronouns: Ccss.Ela Literacy.L.1.1.D

Which pronoun can replace the underlined noun in the sentence?

Don't eat the yogurt. The yogurt smells funny!

Possible Answers:

She

He

It

They

Correct answer:

It

Explanation:

In this sentence, the subject/noun that is being replaced is "the yogurt". It can be assumed that "the yogurt" is something recognizable, and because of the first sentence, it is something that has been made known, so the most appropriate pronoun to replace it is "it." "They" refers to a group of people, "he" is used for males, and "it" would refer to something previously mentioned or easily identified, so in this instance, "it" is the best fit.

Example Question #4 : Use Personal, Possessive, And Indefinite Pronouns: Ccss.Ela Literacy.L.1.1.D

Which pronoun can replace the underlined noun in the sentence?

Gregory is going to walk his dog after the rain stops.

Possible Answers:

They

It

He

She

Correct answer:

He

Explanation:

In this sentence, the subject/noun that is being replaced is Gregory. It can be assumed that Gregory is a male name, so the most appropriate pronoun to replace it is “he.” The sentence mentions that the dog is "his" dog which also hints that Gregory is a male. “They” refers to a group of people, "she" is used for females, “he” is used for males, and “it” would refer to something previously mentioned or easily identified, so in this instance, “he” is the best fit.

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