Unit 9.2

Possessive Pronouns


Pronouns are words used to avoid repetitions of a noun.

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

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

Possessive pronouns are:

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

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

Possessive pronouns are used to express that something belongs 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 and 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 and my describe another element in the sentence (they are possessive adjectives).

NOTE: We don’t use determiners before pronouns.

Let’s revise this content within the {Form} section. Take a look at the {Example} section that shows its use within a context.


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