Possessive pronouns (complete lesson with examples)

Possessive pronouns in English (with examples)


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The possessive pronoun is used to replace a noun that is preceded by a possessive adjective (my, your sound…):

List of English possessive pronouns:

⚠ Be careful not to confuse possessive pronouns with complementary personal pronouns or possessive adjectives (my, your, his…) !

  • mine
  • your / yours
  • his / hers / its
  • our / ours
  • your / yours
  • their / theirs

Possessive pronouns are used after a name to avoid repeating it.

  • Is that Tom’s car ?  No, it’s my car. → No, it’s mine. / No, this car is mine.
  • Whose chair is this? Is it your chair ? → Is it yours ? / Is that chair yours ?
  • Her coat is black, my coat is brown. → Her coat is black, mine is brown.
  • My hair is blond. Hers are black.
  • The kids are eating their sandwiches.
  • The sandwiches are theirs.

⚠ We use its (and not it’s) for animals and things. ‘It’s’ is the contraction of ‘it is’. ‘Its’ is the possessive pronoun.

  • The dog is showing its teeth.
  • The horse has something on its back.

⚠ A common error in English: people put apostrophes with possessive pronouns. It’s wrong!

  •  it’s, her’s, our’s, their’s, your’s 
  •  its, hers, ours, theirs, yours  ✅

⚠ Possessive pronouns can be used in English after ‘of’:

You can say:

  • Nathan is one of my friend OR Nathan is a friend of mine.

You can’t say:

  • Nathan is a friend of me.

You can say:

  • I am one of Karen’s friends OR I am a friend of Karen’s.

You can’t say:

  • I am a friend of Karen.

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