Fun Easy English Classroom January 13


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English pronouns

Today in the Fun Easy English classroom you are going to learn about pronouns an important part of English grammar.
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Grammar: Pronouns

A pronoun is a word used to take the place of a noun or a noun phrase. A noun is one of the eight parts of speech. The following are different types of pronouns:
  • demonstrative pronoun
  • a word that replaces a noun that can be understood from the context of the conversation or writing
  • intensive pronoun
  • a word that is used to emphasize its antecedent
  • interrogative pronoun
  • a "wh" question word that acts as a pronoun and is used to ask questions
  • personal objective pronoun
  • a word that refers to a specific person or thing and replaces a noun (object) that is affected by an action
  • personal possessive pronoun
  • a word that refers to a specific person or thing and replaces a noun to show possession or ownership
  • personal subjective pronoun
  • refers to a specific person or thing and replaces a noun (subject) that performs an action
  • reciprocal pronoun
  • a word that refers back to the subject and shows that the action of the verb is a two-way action and is in the object position
  • relative pronoun
  • a word that connects a phrase or clause to another phrase or clause
  • reflexive pronoun
  • refers back to the subject of the clause or sentence and is used when the subject and the word following the verb are the same person
From YOUR Teacher: Pronouns

In many cultures like Japan pronouns are only used in very informal situations. In America, English pronouns are used in almost any situation. Correct usage of pronouns is essential for good English communication.
Test: Grammar Pronouns

Study the types of pronouns listed above. For each test question, you will be given four words. Three of the words will be the same type of pronoun and one word will be a different type of pronoun. Click the links above to learn more about each type of pronoun if you cannot answer a question.
1.  Which of the following words is NOT a demonstrative pronoun?

     a.  this
     b.  that
     c.  these
     d.  themselves
2.  Which of the following words is NOT an indefinite pronoun?

     a.  anyone
     b.  theirs
     c.  everything
     d.  none
3.  Which of the following words is NOT an intensive pronoun?

     a.  himself
     b.  herself
     c.  whichever
     d.  themselves
4.  Which of the following words is NOT an interrogative pronoun?

     a.  who
     b.  what
     c.  theirs
     d.  whichever
5.  Which of the following words is NOT a personal objective pronoun?

     a.  me
     b.  you
     c.  them
     d.  mine
6.  Which of the following words is NOT a personal possessive pronoun?

     a.  mine
     b.  yours
     c.  they
     d.  theirs
7.  Which of the following words is NOT a personal subjective pronoun?

     a.  he
     b.  she
     c.  these
     d.  they
8.  Which of the following words is NOT a reciprocal pronoun?

     a.  each other
     b.  one another
     c.  themselves
9.  Which of the following words is NOT a relative pronoun?

     a.  what
     b.  those
     c.  which
     d.  who
10.  Which of the following words is NOT a reflexive pronoun?

     a.  myself
     b.  yourself
     c.  everything
     d.  whichever
Additional Lessons
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The following classroom lessons are great for students who want additional conversation, listening, and reading practice. Please post a comment at the bottom of this page in the Facebook Comments window with your thoughts about these lessons.
  • Conversation Lesson - Beginner Level. Let's Learn English conversation lesson with a conversation video, a video script, audio listening practice, video speaking practice, video pronunciation practice, a new words section, and a writing activity.
Conversation Lesson 13 - Happy Birthday, William Shakespeare!
(Beginner - Conversation, Listening, Reading)

In this lesson It's a Sunday afternoon in Washington, D.C. Anna is bored. She finds something interesting to do when she hears music playing.
Lesson Video

Watch the video and then do the activities on this page.
Video Script

Anna: Hello! In Washington D.C. there are many things to do on a Sunday afternoon. I like to exercise. I like to shop. I like to garden. But today I feel bored. When I feel bored I always look for something unusual to do! I hear music. Let’s go see! What is going on here?
Rebecca: It’s a big birthday party for the writer William Shakespeare.
Anna: This is a party for William Shakespeare?
Rebecca: Yes!
Anna: Awesome!
Rebecca: Awesome!
Anna: This is a drum band. I never listen to a drum band. But today I am listening to a drum band because it’s Shakespeare’s birthday!
Anna: This is a puppet show. I never watch puppet shows. But today I am watching a puppet show because it’s Shakespeare’s birthday!
Anna: My clothes are usual. His clothes are unusual.
Anna: In Washington, D.C. seeing a politician or even the President is usual. Seeing the Queen of England is very unusual! Your majesty!
Anna: This is sword fighting. I never sword fight. But today I am sword fighting because it’s Shakespeare’s birthday!
Anna: There are many things to do on a Sunday in Washington, D.C. -- some usual, some unusual.
Anna: Today, I am not bored because … it is William Shakespeare’s birthday!

Now practice listening to only the audio portion of the conversation.

In this video, learn to say the new words. Learn to talk about cause and effect.

In this video, you ​learn about what happens when two words with same sound come together.
New Words
  • bandn. a usually small group of musicians who play popular music together
  • becauseconj. for the reason that
  • birthday - n. the day when someone was born or the anniversary of that day
  • boredadj. tired and annoyed by too much of the same thing; not interested
  • drum - n. a musical instrument that is made with a thin layer of skin or plastic stretched over the end of a round frame and that is played by hitting the skin or plastic with sticks or with your hands
  • exercisev. physical activity that is done in order to become stronger and healthier
  • fight - v. to use weapons or physical force to try to hurt someone, to defeat an enemy, etc. or to struggle in battle or physical combat
  • party - n. a social event in which entertainment, food, and drinks are provided
  • politician - n. someone who is active in government usually as an elected official
  • President - n. the head of the government in some countries
  • puppet - n. a doll that is moved by putting your hand inside it or by pulling strings or wires that are attached to it
  • Queen - n. a woman who rules a country and who usually inherits her position and rules for life
  • shopv. to visit places where goods are sold in order to look at and buy things
  • show - n. a performance in a theater that usually includes singing and dancing
  • sword - n. a weapon with a long metal blade that has a sharp point and edge
  • unusual - adj. different or strange in a way that attracts attention
  • usualadj. done, found, or used most of the time or in most cases, or normal or regular
  • watch - v. to look at (someone or something) for an amount of time and pay attention to what is happening

What do you usually do on a Sunday afternoon? (Or on your day off.)​ Write about how frequently you do different activities in the Facebook Comments section below. Then practice with a friend. Click lesson activity to get the printable PDF version. The page opens to a new window.
Conversation Lessons

Study all 52 English conversation lessons. Let's Learn English conversation lessons each with a conversation video, a video script, audio listening practice, video speaking practice, video pronunciation practice, a new words section, and a writing activity. These lessons are for beginners.
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Avoid Ineffective Study Methods. An audio lesson to help you study English more effectively. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Great English study tips.
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