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Unit 9.1

47 Pronouns – Possessive

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.

Below you can see the list of possessive pronouns:

PERSONAL NOUN POSSESSIVE PRONOUNS
I Mine
You Yours
He His
She Hers
It Its
We Ours
You Yours
They Theirs
  • 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.

We use possessive pronouns to express the belonging of something to a person or animal. We distinguish them by number (singular, plural) and gender (masculine, feminine, neutral).

The possessive pronouns are used to avoid repetitions: mine, yours, his, hers, its, ours, yours, theirs.

For example:
— “It is not her sandwich, it’s mine.” = Mine is used to replace another element in the sentence, so it is a possessive pronoun.
♦ “It is not her sandwich, it’s my sandwich.” = Her/my is the adjective that describes another element in the sentence, so it is a possessive adjective.

NOTE: We don’t use articles and other determiners before pronouns. Also, pronouns are not used before nouns.

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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