3rd Person - Present Simple (Lesson Plan)
Beginner ESL students can hear two English speakers using the third person singular in the present simple. Recommended study plan:
- Watch the video
- Take the quiz
- Listen again and read the script
- Learn the grammar with the notes
Todd: Okay, Katie, let's talk about your family.
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: 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: 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.
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.
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?
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.
Third Person Pronouns - Grammar Notes
- My dad is a doctor. He is smart.
- My mom is a police officer. She is brave.
- My house is old. It is cold in winter.
- Bob is my boss. He is really nice.
- Susan is my teacher. She has fun classes.
- This car is new. It was very expensive.
- 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.
- 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.