Possessive Pronouns

In these lessons, 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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The following table gives the Possessive Pronouns and Possessive Adjectives. Scroll down the page for more examples and explanations.

Possessive Pronouns and Adjectives

What Are 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.

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?

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.

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
First Person mine my ours our
Second Person yours your yours your
Third Person his his theirs their
hers her    
its its    

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

Possessive Adjectives
How to use possessive adjectives before a noun?

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