Grammar Talks A1-06 Third Person Singular

Family Habits

Katies talks about the people in her family and what they often do.

Todd: Okay, Katie, let's talk about your family.

Katie: Sure.

Todd: In your family, who gets up early?

Katie: My mom gets up early every day.

Todd: What time does she get up?

Katie: My mom gets up at 4:00 in the morning.

Todd: What?

Katie: Yes.

Todd: That's crazy.

Katie: But she also goes to bed very early.

Todd: What time?

Katie: She goes to bed at 7:00.

Todd: Wow, at 7:00?

Katie: At 7:00 every day.

Todd: Is everyone quiet in the family?

Katie: Oh, no. No, no, no.

Todd: Wow, that's amazing. Okay, so who stays up late?

Katie: Probably, me and my brother. We always stay up late.

Todd: Yeah? How late?

Katie: Well, when we were younger, we stayed up until 11:00. Which when you're a five or six-year-old, that's very late.

Todd: That is very late. Wow. What about TV? Who watches a lot of TV?

Katie: My dad. My dad watches a lot of TV.

Todd: Oh yeah, what does he watch?

Katie: He watches sports TV programs. He watches comedy programs. He watches everything.

Todd: Okay, yeah. Sounds like my dad. Now my dad falls asleep in front of the TV a lot.

Katie: Mine too.

Todd: Really?

Katie: Yeah.

Todd: Yeah. Okay, who cleans the house?

Katie: Sometimes, me and my brother will help clean the house. But mostly, it's my mom.

Todd: Oh right. Same. I think it's the same in everybody's house.

Katie: I think so too.

Todd: I know, poor mom.

Katie: Yeah.

Todd: Well, similarly, who cooks for the family? I bet it's your mom.

Katie: Nope. Actually, it's my dad.

Todd: Really? Oh great.

Katie: My dad is a chef.

Todd: Oh nice.

Katie: So he is very good at cooking meals.

Todd: Oh, what does he cook?

Katie: Lots and lots of stuff. Lots of British food, so a roast beef or fish and chips. Lots of British food.

Todd: I lived in England for one year. And I love Sunday roast.

Katie: Oh, me too.

Todd: It's so good.

Katie: I wish it was Sunday roast every day.

Todd: I know. Okay, in your family, who does the shopping?

Katie: Who do you think does the shopping in my family?

Todd: Your mother.

Katie: Of course. Yeah.

Todd: Oh wow.

Katie: I don't think my mother would be happy if my dad did the shopping.

Todd: Why?

Katie: My dad buys too many silly things that we don't need.

Todd: Ah, okay, I gotcha. All right, who makes you laugh?

Katie: Definitely, my dad makes me laugh.

Todd: Oh yeah, how?

Katie: My dad makes me laugh a lot. His sense of humor is very different to mine, so when he says a joke and nobody laughs, that makes me laugh.

Todd: Oh, right, yeah, that's funny. So sometimes, we argue with people. Who argues with you sometimes?

Katie: Not sometimes. All the time, I argue with my brother.

Todd: Oh really?

Katie: Yes.

Todd: What do you argue about?

Katie: Everything. Everything. We're very different people.

Todd: Okay, for example?

Katie: Can be even small things like the color T-shirt that someone is wearing, we will argue about it.

Todd: Right. That sounds like my sisters. So I have two older sisters, I never fight with either sister. Never. But my sisters fight all the time. Yeah. They love fighting.

Katie: I love fighting my brother.

Todd: Okay, so in your family, who helps you out a lot?

Katie: I hoped that we help each other out a lot. I don't think one person helps a lot of people. We all help each other.

Todd: Oh, wow, that sounds great. Thanks Katie.

Katie: Thanks.

Third Person Pronouns - Grammar Notes

Point 1: The third person singular refers to people or things we talk about. Singular means one!
  1. My dad is a doctor. He is smart.
  2. My mom is a police officer. She is brave.
  3. My house is old. It is cold in winter.
Point 2: The subject pronoun goes before a verb. Use he for males, she for females and it for things.
  • Bob is my boss. He is really nice.
  • Susan is my teacher. She has fun classes.
  • This car is new. It was very expensive.
Point 3: The object pronoun goes after a verb. Use him for males, her for females and it for things.
  • This is Bob. You met him last year.
  • Susan is my boss. I invited her to the party.
  • This is my new watch. My friend got it for me.
Point 4: The adjective pronoun goes before a noun. Use his for males, her for females and its for things.
  • Joe is having a party. It is at his beach house.
  • Beth is so nice. She let me use her car.
  • I liked the new cafe, but its location is bad.
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