49 Possessive Pronouns

Introduction

Pronouns are words used to avoid repetitions of a noun.

Possessive pronouns are determiners used to show that one thing belongs to someone.

Form

Possessive pronouns are used in the place of a noun. We don’t use articles and other determiners before pronouns.

Possessive pronouns are:

Subject Pronouns Possesive Pronouns
I Mine
You Yours
He His
She Hers
It Its
We Ours
You Yours
They Theirs

Example

  • It is not her sandwich, it’s mine.
  • This is hers.
  • His house is big, but ours is small.

Use

We use possessive pronouns to show that something belongs to someone, but also to avoid repetitions of nouns.

Summary

Possessive pronouns are used to express the belonging of something to a person or animal. They differ in gender and number, and are placed instead of nouns, to avoid repetitions.

They are: mine, yours, his, hers, its, ours, yours, theirs.

For example:
— “It is not her sandwich, it’s mine.” = Mine replaces another element in the sentence (it is a possessive pronoun).
♦ “It is not her sandwich, it’s my sandwich.” = Her/my describe another element in the sentence (they are possessive adjectives).

NOTE: We don’t use determiners before pronouns.

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