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Possessive Pronouns


Definition

A possessive pronoun is a part of speech that attributes ownership to someone or something. Like any other pronoun, it substitutes a noun phrase and can prevent its repetition. For example, in the phrase, "These glasses are mine, not yours", the words "mine" and "yours" are possessive pronouns and stand for "my glasses" and "your glasses," respectively.

Examples

Sweet House
This is our house. It's ours.
This is my bedroom. It's mine.
This is my brother's bike. It's his.

Subject Pronouns I you he she it we you they
Possessive Adjectives my your his her its our your their
Pronouns mine yours his hers its ours yours theirs

The words "mine, yours, his, hers, its , ours, theirs" are possessive pronouns. They show who or what something belongs to.

Note

1. A possessive pronoun differs from a possessive adjective.

Examples:

  • What color is your brother's jacket?
    His jacket is black.
    (your and his are possessive adjectives; your and his modify the noun jacket in both examples)
  • What color is yours?
    Mine is blue.
    (yours and mine are possessive pronouns - yours functions as a subject complement in the first example; mine functions as a subject in the second example)
2. "It's" is not a possessive pronoun or adjective; it is a contraction of it is or it has.

Example:

  • It's not my book = it is not my book
  • It's got five bedrooms = it has got five bedrooms

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Subject Pronouns Possessive Adjectives Possessive Pronouns Reflexive Pronouns Object Pronouns
I my mine myself me
you your yours yourself you
he his his himself him
she her hers herself her
it its its itself it
we our ours ourselves us
you your yours yourselves you
they their theirs themselves them

Exercise on possessive pronouns.

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