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Pronoun Exercises for Class 8 CBSE With Answers – English Grammar
Definition of Pronoun
A pronoun is a word that replaces a noun or a noun phrase,
- He is going to the market.
- George is talking to his mother.
- The brothers are not talking to each other.
Kinds of Pronoun
The pronoun are classified into eight categories.
The personal pronoun are classified depending upon their person (first, second and third) and also number (singular and plural).
1. First Person Pronoun
The first person pronoun refers to the person speaking or writing. It includes: I, me, my, we, our, us etc.
- I am writing this note.
- The dogs were running behind us.
- We are Indians.
2. Second Person Pronoun
The second person pronoun refers to the person spoken to. It includes: you.
You is used both in the singular and plural form.
- You are writing this note.
- The dogs were running behind you.
- You are an Indian.
3. Third Person Pronoun
The third person pronoun refers to the person being spoken of. It includes: He, him, she, her, it, they and them. Only the third person pronoun has three genders (masculine, feminine and neuter gender),
- He is writing this note.
- The dogs were running behind them.
- They are Indian.
The possessive pronouns are used to refer to a specific person or a thing belonging to a person. They are classified into two categories: adjectival possessive pronouns and pronominal possessive pronouns.
1. Adjectival Possessive Pronouns
The adjectival possessive pronouns are used to tell us about the following nouns.
- These are my class notes.
- This is his shirt.
- This is our house.
2. Pronomial Possessive Pronouns
The pronomial possessive pronouns are used on their own. They are classified depending upon the person, number and gender.
- Look at these pictures. Mine is the small one.
- I found my book in the garden, but I couldn’t find yours.
- This bag is his.
- I looked at Simar’s clothes but couldn’t look at hers.
Reflexive pronoun is used when we want to refer back to the subject of the sentence. Reflexive pronouns end with ‘-selfin case of singular or ‘-selves’ in case of plural,
- I have done the homework myself.
- Why do you always blame yourself?
- Michel sent himself a copy of e-mail.
- Mary has made this wall hanging herself.
In the fourth sentence, the reflexive pronoun ‘herself’ has been used as ‘Emphasising Pronoun’ . It emphasises on the fact that ‘nobody else but Mary did the effort to make this wall hanging.
A relative pronoun is a pronoun that is used to introduce a relative clause. The relative pronoun includes who, whose, whom, which and that,
- The designer who made your dress is waiting outside.
- The man whose bike was stolen has filed an FIR.
- The assault victim had nobody to whom to turn for help.
- I saw the dog which ate the cake.
- We did not know the tune that had been played.
An interrogative pronoun is used while asking questions. The interrogative pronouns are used depending upon their usage as a ‘subject’ or an ‘object’.
- Who told you?
James told you.
- Whom did you tell?
I told Radhika.
- What is this?
This is a book.
- Which student came first?
Ram came first.
- Which is your favourite car?
The Porsche 911 is my favourite car.
- Whose key did you find?
I found John’s key.
A demonstrative pronoun is used to represent a thing or things. The demonstrative pronouns are classified depending upon the distance or time. (Near and far)
- This tastes good.
- Have you ever heard about this?
- That is beautiful!
- Have you seen that?
The demonstrative pronouns are also used for comparing,
- This is heavier than that.
- These boxes have more bottles than those.
We use indefinite pronouns to refer to people or things without saying exactly who or what they are. We use pronouns ending in -body or -one for people and pronouns ending in -thing for things.
• The first category includes pronouns that refer to a non-specific noun.
- A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.
- Everything is funny as long as it is happening to somebody else.
- I don’t know anything about music.
• The second category includes pronouns that refer to a specific noun.
- Of those who say nothing, few are silent.
- All in the courtroom must be seated.
- Many missed the bus.
A reciprocal pronoun is used to express a mutual action or a relationship. The reciprocal pronouns include ‘each other’ and ‘one another’. When the antecedent is two things use each other as the reciprocal pronoun. However, when the antecedent is three or more things, use one another.
- Tommy and Jane hate each other.
- Our two dogs and your cat love one another.
Identify the correct form of pronoun in the following sentences.
- Many of them came, but few stayed long.
- Give everybody something to eat before they leave.
- What did you bring?
- Did they teach themselves how to speak French?
- After he cut himself, he went for a tetanus shot.
- All of those are expensive.
- I know the girl whose name is Jane.
- She walked downstairs.
- The boy ate his dinner.
- Mia and Jones love each other.
- Many (Indefinite), them (Personal), few (Indefinite)
- Everybody, something (Indefinite), they (Personal)
- What (Interrogative), you (Personal)
- They (Personal), themselves (Reflexive)
- He (Personal), himself (Reflexive)
- All (Indefinite), those (Demonstrative)
- I (Personal), whose (Relative )
- She (Personal)
- His (Pronominal possessive)
- Each other (Reciprocal)
In the following sentences use pronouns in place of nouns wherever you can.
- From the top of the hill, Shyam and Sundar saw the Northumberland straight.
- The soup was delicious!
- Karl rode the horse.
- Meeta and Seema performed in the talent show.
- Gianna petted the puppy.
- Louis cleaned the house.
- Lisa and I baked the cake.
- Kamal is my friend.
- The presentation was very interesting.
- Mark and Joe did well on the science project.
- Shyam and Sundar : They
- The soup : It
- Karl : He
- Meeta and Seema : They
- Gianna : She
- Louis : He
- Lisa and I : We
- Kamal : He
- The presentation : It
- Mark and Joe : They
Write the correct form of pronoun in the following blanks.
- Be sure that everyone brings………………….. own book
- Mark and …………………. have been very good friends for years.
- If………………… calls, tell them that…………………….will be back in an hour.
- Did you see Tom and ……………………….. at the match?
- Between you and …………………….. a politician match? cannot be trusted.
- Each person in the room turned……………………..head to the front when the teacher entered.
- The local government plans to cut………………… budget for recreation.
- ………………………… who purchased one of the paintings was pleased.
- Christopher and………………….. want to travel to the far East someday.
- The cost of the repairs shocked both my brother and……………………..
- his or her
- anyone, I
Join together each of the following pairs of sentences by the means of a connective.
- I know lady. The lady has been to London.
- I saw a girl. She was singing.
- I met a boy. He was very cruel.
- The child is dead. I saw the child last week.
- The horse was lame. We saw the horse.
- She is a rouge. No one trusts her.
- He does his best. He should be praised.
- MF Hussain is famous. He made some famous paintings.
- We met a boy. The boy had lost his way.
- The lady is honest. The lady is trusted.
- I know the lady who has been to London.
- I saw the girl who was singing.
- I met the boy who was very cruel.
- The child whom I saw last week is dead.
- The horse that we saw was lame.
- She whom no one trusts is a rouge.
- He who does his best should be praised.
- MF Hussain, who made some famous paintings, is famous.
- We met the boy who had lost his way.
- The lady who is honest is trusted, m
Fill in the blanks with appropriate pronouns.
- This is……………….. book. (me, my)
- Those books are……………….. (your, yours)
- Here is your book, take……………….. away (this, it)
- The baby has torn……………….. clothes. (it, its)
- Those beggars are idle……………….. refuse to work. (their, they)
In the following sentences use pronouns in place of noun wherever you can.
- John gave John’s pen to James and James lent the pen to John to write John’s copy with the pen.
- Rama had taken Rama’s watch out of his pocket and was looking at the watch uneasily, shaking the watch every now and then, and holding the watch to his car.
- Atul loved Sandeep’s sweater and asked Sandeep from where Sandeep had bought the sweater.
- Sita informed Rama that Rama’cab was late in arriving and therefore Rama might go home with Sita.
- Lata found Lata’s books torn by Lata’s brother.
- John gave his pen to James and James lent it to John to write her copy with the pen.
- Rama had taken his watch out of his pocket and was looking at it uneasily, shaking it every now and then, and holding it to his car.
- Atul loved Sandeep’s sweater and asked him from where he had bought it.
- Sita informed Rama that her cab was late in arriving and therefore she might go home with her.
- Lata found her books torn by her brother.