· To become familiar with the rules that govern the use of pronouns in well-written sentences
· To develop basic skills in the use of pronouns in sentences
· To correctly recognize pronouns and the nouns they refer to in pre-written sentences
Consider the following sentences:
The candle and its holder fell on the glass platters, and they got broken; we will have to use our other ones. (How many things were broken?)
If anyone sees my brother and his friend, tell him to call me. (Who is to call, the brother or the friend?)
Using pronouns correctly and making clear pronoun references will help you avoid the confusion created by the sentences above.
Click on http://eslus.com/LESSONS/GRAMMAR/POS/pos6.htm for an introduction to pronouns. When you feel ready, take the pop quiz at the end of the material. Immediate feedback is provided. Goal: at least 8 out of 10 correct.
Feedback and Review:
Pronouns are words that can substitute for nouns. Pronouns have different forms and must agree in number and gender with the nouns for which they substitute. Personal pronouns can be subjects (doing an action) or objects (receiving an action) in a sentence. We use possessive, intensive, reflexive, and other types of pronouns in speech every day; far more important than remembering the name of each type is knowing how to use them correctly in sentences.
Transfer of Knowledge or Skills:
For further practice using pronouns correctly, click here http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/pilotproject/language/pron.doc. When you have finished, check your answers by clicking here http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/pilotproject/language/pronkey.doc.