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What Are Absolute Possessive Pronouns? (with Examples)

What Are Absolute Possessive Pronouns? (with Examples)

The absolute possessive pronouns are mine, yours, his, hers, its, ours, and theirs. They are also known as absolute possessives. (This is because they stand alone and do not modify nouns.)

Examples of Absolute Possessive Pronouns

Here are some examples of absolute possessive pronouns:
  • Theirs are in the garage.
  • They say female canaries can't sing. Well, hers can.
  • We cherish our friends not for their ability to amuse us, but for ours to amuse them. (Evelyn Waugh, 1903-1966)
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Beware
Don't put apostrophes in absolute possessives.
  • These are her's.
  • Your's are bigger than our's.
  • Yours are bigger than ours.