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Unit 9.2

Possessive Pronouns

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 PRONOUNPOSSESSIVE PRONOUNS
IMine
YouYours
HeHis
SheHers
ItIts
WeOurs
YouYours
TheyTheirs
  • 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 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.

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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