Baby boy or girl, he or she?

A ‘he’ or a ‘she’?

Posted by on January 8th, 2018 | 0 comments | dia, itu, possessives, pronouns, speaking, vocabulary, writing

What a cute baby! Is it a ‘he’ or a ‘she’?

Ok so I admit that occasionally we might not recognise somebody’s gender. But when their gender is obvious then we need to use the right pronoun, at least when we’re taking an exam!

Many languages, including Bahasa Indonesia, use non-sexist pronouns. And many languages use the same pronoun for subjects and objects, and even for possessives! It’s hardly surprising that students find English pronouns challenging, but for IELTS they have to be right!

Some yukky theory:

subject object possessive
he him his
she her hers
it it its

Ok now fill the gaps with suitable pronouns!

My new friend is Budi. He is from Jakarta. His wife is with him in Bali. Her name is Ayu. She is planning to go to Australia with Budi if he does well in his IELTS test. Budi brought his passport with him to Bali, but Ayu left hers in Jakarta. Her parents are posting it to Bali next week. It‘s due to expire soon, but Ayu is not sure about its expiry date. She may need to get a new passport before she and Budi go to Australia.

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