Grammar Talks 3-11 Pronouns

Family Portrait

John talks about his family and how they are very unique.

Sarah: John, I've never met your family. Do you have a big family?

John: Yeah, kind of. There are five people in my family, so it's a medium family. I have two brothers, so there are three boys in my family. And there's my mother and my father.

Sarah: How about your father? Do you look like him?

John: Yes, I do. I do look like my father. When he was younger. He had blond hair like me and he has glasses. So do I. My mother has glasses, too. I'm the same height as my father. We are both 180 centimeters tall. My older brother is the same height as me and my father. But my younger brother is shorter than us.

Sarah: Ah.

John: He has blond hair and glasses too, though.

Sarah: Oh. How tall is your younger brother?

John: He's a bit shorter than us. I am not sure but I think he's around 170 centimeters tall.

Sarah: Oh. How about your mom?

John: My mom is short, too. She's the same height as my younger brother.

Sarah: Oh.

John: And my mom has red hair. Her hair is bright red, so my mother has different hair from the rest of my family. There are four people with blond people with blond hair and one person with red hair. But actually, all five of us wear glasses.

Sarah: Oh really?

John: Yeah.

Sarah: So John, you're thin. What about the rest of your family? Are they thin, too?

John: Well, my mother is skinny, too, like me. But my brothers are more like my dad in their body type. They are a little bit more muscular than me. They have big muscles and they're very strong. So they are heavier than me. That's my father. He weighs more than I do. And my brothers are also heavier than me.

Sarah: Oh, sounds like a good-looking family.

John: Thank you.

Sarah: So John, you told me about me about your family's appearance. What about their personality?

John: Well, all five people in my family have different personalities.

Yeah. My younger brother is really fun. It's great to spend time with him. For example, we usually play video games together. He likes to play racing games or sports games, and also, we play card games or just watching TV. He's so funny.

No matter what we're doing, he tells jokes and I love listening to him tell jokes about whatever we're doing at the time. And he's so cheerful and bright. He's always open to new people and new ideas. So I really like spending time with him. He makes me feel cheerful, too when we talk together.

Sarah: That's great. How about your older brother?

John: Well, my older brother, he's a really good guy. He's not so entertaining like my younger brother but he's very smart. He's really serious. He likes to study and read. For example, he likes reading the Greek philosophers. He likes reading about Plato and Socrates. And he's always talking about philosophy. I like that stuff, too. I think it's interesting but he's not very funny.

Sarah: I see. How about your dad?

John: My dad. Let's see, what can I say about my dad's personality? He's a hard worker. He's very devoted to everything he tries. He was raised on a farm so he knows a lot about animals. And now, he has a farm as a hobby. My dad raises horses and chickens. He loves animals and he has so many animals but he doesn't think of them as farm animals, they're his pets and he loves them.

He spends everyday outside where no matter what the weather, because he has to take care of his family, which is all of his animals. And he's a really smart guy. Maybe a bit serious at times. His sense of humor is maybe like you can imagine from an old man.

Sarah: I see. How about your mother? What's she like?

John: My mother loves to read horror novels.

Sarah: Really?

John: Yeah, horror books. So she knows a lot of stuff about crime or mysteries or police dramas and lawyers. She loves that stuff. So my mother is very interested in those kind of books and movies and TV shows, too. So she's kind of like a detective. My mother is very smart and enjoys solving puzzles.

Sarah: Wow. It sounds like an interesting family.


Subject Pronouns - Grammar Notes

Point 1: Subject pronouns take the place of a person or person's name and act as the subject.
  1. Sally is a farmer. She works outside.
  2. Bob is a doctor. He works at a hospital.
  3. Bob and Sally are married. They have one child.
  4. They have a house. It is really big.
  5. We like them. You will too!
Point 2: The first person subject pronoun (I, we) refers to the speaker. It can be singular (S) or plural (P).
  1. (S) I have a pool.
  2. (S) I swim every day
  3. (P) We love Italian food.
  4. (P) We eat it often.
Point 3: The second person subject pronoun (you) refers to the listener. It can be singular (S) or plural (P).
  1. (S) You are nice.
  2. (S) You should come.
  3. (P) You (all) can sit down.
  4. (P) You (guys) should come.
Point 4: The third person subject pronoun (he, she, it, they) refers a person, people, thing or things.
  1. I like Bob. He is nice.
  2. I also like Sue. She is funny.
  3. Bob and Sue are married. They have one child.
  4. They have a house. It is really big and nice.
  5. They have two cars. They rarely drive them.
Answer the following questions about the interview.