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.
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.
His will only arrive tomorrow.
Ours is the yellow one in the room.
A possessive pronoun can act as a subject complement.
This house is hers.
Is this kitten ours?
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.
This bag is mine. (mine is a possessive pronoun)
This is my bag. (my is a possessive adjective, it comes before the noun bag)
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