ELA 3: Pronouns

When a noun does really well in college ball and finally gets drafted, they get to be called...pronouns. Today's video is all about she's, he's, it's, they's, and more.

3rd GradeLanguage Arts
Elementary and Middle School3rd Grade
LanguageEnglish Language

Transcript

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a swan for a Hollywood charity event. [Girl carving a swan ice block]

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Anyway, if you think you have a pretty good grasp on nouns, then watch out!

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We're about to throw a curve ball at ya… [Curveball hits Dino on the head]

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It turns out that any noun can be swapped with a pronoun, which is just a word that

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replaces a noun.

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So if we had the sentence: "My mom went to Hollywood to carve an icy swan for charity,"

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we could, if we wanted, replace each and every one of those nouns with a pronoun.

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"My mom" could become "she"…

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…"to Hollywood" could become "there"…

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…"an icy swan" could become "it"…

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…and "charity" could become "them."

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Doesn't exactly paint a picture, but it works.

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It's worth noting that pronouns are useful for more than just turning a sentence into mush. [Words falls off a chalkboard]

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They're very useful if we have a sentence that repeats a noun over and over again.

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Take this sentence, for example.

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"The prince looked all over the kingdom for Cinderella, and the prince used the glass [Prince looking for Cindarella and she appears]

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slipper that Cinderella left behind as a test to find the real Cinderella."

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This sentence gets repetitive pretty darn fast.

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So how do we fix it up so it's ready for the ball?

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Well, the first mention of "Cinderella" can stay right where it is; after all, it's pretty [Cindarella trapped to a chain and ball]

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important…it's telling us the name of one of the people the sentence is about.

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But those last two aren't doing much beyond making the sentence tedious, so let's use

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some pronouns to clean this sentence up. [nouns swept up]

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One instance can be replaced with "she"…

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…and "the real Cinderella" can be swapped out for "her," cleaning things up considerably.

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Also, while the first instance of "the prince" tells us who the other star of this sentence is…

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…the second isn't really doing much, so let's replace it with "he." [Prince wearing sunglasses and is squished by the word 'He']

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Ah, much better.

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Now we have a sentence that's ready for the ball.

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Pronouns can be really useful, but you always need to make sure they agree in gender and number. [He and She walk into male and female doors]

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For example, say we're replacing "Cinderella."

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She's a single lady – at least until she meets the prince – …

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…so we need a singular, feminine pronoun, like "her." [Prince holding glass slipper and Cindarella is squashed by 'She']

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On the other hand, if we had a pile of pumpkins, there's no way we could use the pronoun, "her."

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Nope, not even if we give them wigs and dresses. [Cindarella with a pumpkin for a head]

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On the bright side, at least they can go to the ball!