Possessive Pronouns



In this lesson, we will learn

  • what is a possessive pronoun
  • some examples of possessive pronouns
  • the differences between possessive pronouns and possessive adjectives
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Possessive Pronouns

A pronoun is a word that takes the place of a common noun or a proper noun.

The words mine, yours, his, hers, its, ours and theirs are called possessive pronouns. They are used to substitute nouns to show possession or ownership.

Examples:

His boat is faster than mine. (mine substitutes that word boat and shows that it belongs to me)

This is my car and that is yours. (yours substitutes the word car and shows that it belongs to you)

A possessive pronoun can act as a subject of a sentence.

Examples:

His will only arrive tomorrow.
Ours is the yellow one in the room.

A possessive pronoun can act as a subject complement.

Examples:

This house is hers.
Is this kitten ours?

Examples of Possessive Pronouns

 

Subject

Possessive Pronouns

Singular

I

Mine

You

Yours

He

His

She

Hers

It

Its

Plural

We

Ours

You

Yours

They

Theirs



Possessive Adjectives or Possessive Determiners

The words my, yours, his, her, its, our and their are possessive adjectives. Do not confuse possessive pronouns with possessive adjectives. A possessive adjective is usually used to describe a noun and it comes before a noun. Possessive adjectives are also called possessive determiners.

Examples:

This bag is mine. (mine is a possessive pronoun)

This is my bag. (my is a possessive adjective, it comes before the noun bag)

Examples of Possessive Pronouns and Possessive Adjectives

 

Singular

Plural

 

Possessive
Pronouns

Possessive
Adjectives

Possessive
Pronouns

Possessive
Adjectives

First Person

mine

my

ours

our

Second Person

yours

your

yours

your

Third Person

his

his

theirs

their

hers

her

 

 

its

its

 

 



Videos

Possessive Pronouns
This video shows how to use possessive pronouns like mine, yours, his, hers, ours and theirs.



Possessive pronouns (mine, yours, his, hers, ours, theirs)





Possessive Adjectives and Possessive Pronouns
The following video shows the difference between possessive adjectives and possessive pronouns.



Possessive Adjectives

The following video shows how to use possessive adjectives before a noun.



Possessive pronouns and determiners: my, mine, your, yours, his, his, her, hers, its, our, ours, their and theirs.





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