Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity

Gender Pronoun Exercise

(tip: try saying these aloud! it will help you get used to speaking them as well as writing them)

1. Fill in with ze/zir pronouns!

I went with _______ to pick blueberries, because _____ said they were in season, but not for much longer. ______ drove both of us in ______ car, and I used Google Maps to get us there, because _______ can be a little directionally challenged. When we got there, I paid for _____ and myself and we picked blueberries for almost two hours. We kept eating them as we were picking them, though—_______ had juice all over _______by the time we left.

2. Fill in with they/them pronouns!

When _____ called me about where I was going to spend fall break, I said that I didn’t know yet. _____ asked if I wanted to go on a road trip with _______ and a few of our mutual friends. I said it sounded great, and asked _______ what I should pack, since I didn’t have a suitcase with me. _______ offered me one of ________ to borrow, and I accepted.

3. Fill in with xe/xyr pronouns!

_______ called me after a long day at work and said that ______ had made a spectacle of _______ in a staff meeting. I reassured ______, and then offered to come over and bring ______ some of _______ favorite chocolate treats to unwind. We watched a stupid romantic comedy that was a favorite of _______ and by the end of it, ________ was feeling much better about the day.

4. Fill in with ey/em pronouns!

______ is the star in a new musical opening next week at the community theater, and I’m very excited to go and see ______ perform! _____ has been acting since age five, and _____ talents have grown considerably over the years. When ______ first started performing, ______ got the role of “Tree #3,” but now in this new production _____ has a number all to ______, with a beautiful costume that fits _______ perfectly.

  1. I went with zir to pick blueberries, because ze said they were in season, but not for much longer. Ze drove both of us in zir car, and I used Google Maps to get us there, because ze can be a little directionally challenged. When we got there, I paid for zir and myself and we picked blueberries for almost two hours. We kept eating them as we were picking them, though—ze had juice all over zirself by the time we left.
  2. When they called me about where I was going to spend fall break, I said that I didn’t know yet. They asked if I wanted to go on a road trip with themself and a few of our mutual friends. I said it sounded great, and asked them what I should pack, since I didn’t have a suitcase with me. They offered me one of theirs to borrow, and I accepted.
  3. Xe called me after a long day at work and said that xe had made a spectacle of xyrself in a staff meeting. I reassured xem, and then offered to come over and bring xem some of xyr favorite chocolate treats to unwind. We watched a stupid romantic comedy that was a favorite of xyrs and by the end of it, xe was feeling much better about the day.
  4. Ey is the star in a new musical opening next week at the community theater, and I’m very excited to go and see em perform! Ey has been acting since age five, and eir talents have grown considerably over the years. When ey first started performing, ey got the role of “Tree #3,” but now in this new production ey has a number all to emself, with a beautiful costume that fits em perfectly.