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First, Second and Third Person

This KS2 English quiz takes a look at first, second and third person. I, you, he, she, we, or they are examples of first, second and third person - which should you choose when writing? And how will you know? There are a few basic rules: diaries and letters are written in the first person; instructions are usually in the second person; and reports are written in the third person. When you write stories, you can choose to write in first or third person. How well can you switch all of these pronouns about?

Practise your skills by trying this English quiz. When you feel confident, try a piece of writing in first person, then in second and finally in third person. To check for errors, it's worth reading them aloud or ask your family or a friend to read them to you!

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  1. She gave herself a big pat on the back. Change this sentence to the first person.
    Take especial care with all of the pronouns in the sentence.
  2. Mr. Williams gave us all a star today for our excellent behaviour. Change this sentence to the second person.
    If in doubt, say it out loud and see who you would be talking about.
  3. Ice cream is dripping down your chin. Change this sentence to the first person.
    The first person means that you are talking about yourself.
  4. She shouldn't spend all her pocket money on sweets. Change this sentence to the second person.
    Too many sweets are bad for the teeth!
  5. She had always loved going fishing with her Dad. Change this sentence to the first person.
    This sentence is also in first person: We had always loved going fishing with our Dad. 'We' is plural, like 'they', and 'I' is singular, like 'she'.
  6. As soon as I wake up, I spend a few minutes remembering my dreams. Change this sentence to the third person.
    This sentence is also in the third person: As soon as she wakes up, she spends a few minutes remembering her dreams. Remember that verbs may need to be changed when you change the person.
  7. I should open my post. Change this sentence to the second person.
    Imagine there is a second person you are talking to.
  8. The dentist told them that they must brush their teeth after every meal. Change this sentence to the first person plural.
    If you picked the third answer, make sure you read the question carefully.
  9. When I scraped my elbow on the brick, it began to bleed. Change this sentence to the third person.
    Remember to make sure the pronouns agree - 'they' and 'he' do not agree.
  10. I didn't want to tell them that I didn't care for their favourite film. Change this sentence to the third person.
    The first person 'I' changes to the third person 'he' (or 'she') - but 'them' and 'their' does not change. The film is still 'their' favourite, not 'hers' or 'his'!

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