Unit 9.2

Possessive Pronouns


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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 do not use articles and other determiners before pronouns.

Possessive pronouns are:

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

Example

  • It is not her book, it’s mine.
  • My car is faster than yours.
  • That hat is his. 
  • This is hers.
  • The world is ours.
  • My car is parked near yours. 
  • It’s my word against theirs. 

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 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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