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Possessive Pronouns

Overview | Indefinite Prounouns | Personal Pronouns | Reflexive Pronouns

The possessive pronoun shows who the thing being referred to belongs to or is associated with.

  I You
(singular and plural)
He/She/It We They
Possessive Pronouns
mine
yours
his/hers/its
ours
theirs

 

 

In English these pronouns change form to show their function.

Form
First Person Pronoun  
singular
mine
plural
ours
Second Person Pronoun  
singular
yours
plural
yours
Third Person Pronoun  
singular
his, hers, its
plural
theirs

For example:-

Q. Whose is this web site?
A. It's mine.

Q. Does Lynne own this web site?
A. Yes, it's hers.

Q. Does Lynne own the Internet?
A. No. It's ours.

!Note

my, your, his/her/its, our and their are possessive determiners (sometimes called possessive adjectives).

Watch out for the following:-

Possessive Pronoun Short Form of 'it is'

its

(no apostrophe)

it's

(with apostrophe)

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