Possessive Pronoun

 Possessive Pronoun shows Possession

 Possessive Pronoun is used to show possession. 

It is a part of speech.

 In the sentence, Possessive Pronoun is used instead of noun phrase to avoid repetition of noun phrase

We can use Possessive Pronouns depending upon-

  • Person– first person- mine, second person- yours or third person- his, hers
  • Number– singular number-mine, yours, her, his or plural number- ours, yours and theirs
  • Gender- male- his or female- hers.

The possessive pronouns in English are in the following table.

SubjectPossessive Pronouns
IMine
WeOurs
YouYours
HeHis
SheHers
ItIts
TheyTheirs

Two forms of Possessive cases

There are two forms of possessive cases.

Possessive objects Possessive Pronouns
MyMine
Your Yours
Her/his/its Her/his
OurOurs
YourYours
TheirTheirs

We use Possessive Pronoun instead of Noun Phrase

Possessive pronouns give clarity sounding good. 

In sentence, possessive pronoun takes the place of noun phrase. 

Here are some examples. Possessive pronouns are in bold letters.

  • Read these articles. My article is the most informative.
  • Read these articles. Mine is the most informative.(the word  ‘mine ‘ took place of ‘my article’ )
  • My bag is small. Your bag is big.
  • My bag is small. Yours is big.( ‘your bag’ is replaced by ‘yours’)
  • All pictures are good but his picture is the best.
  • All pictures are good but his is the best.( ‘his picture’ is replaced by ‘his’) 
  • My office is at Churny road, yours is at Central.
  • I don’t like blue coloured sofa but yours is awesome.
  • There are so many projects in exhibition. Their project is beautifully designed.
  • There are so many projects in exhibition but theirs is beautifully designed. (‘theirs’ replaces ‘their project’)
  • That blue car is ours and not theirs.
  • All dresses are nice. Her dress is the most beautiful.
  • All dresses are nice but hers is the most beautiful. (‘hers’ replaces ‘her dress’)

We use possessive adjectives with nouns as adjectives.

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