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What Are Possessive Pronouns?

What Are Possessive Pronouns?

A possessive pronoun replaces a possessive adjective and a noun. For example:

possessive pronoun

Here is a list of the possessive pronouns with examples:

Possessive PronounExample
mineThis house is bigger than mine.
(Mine is the possessive pronoun.)
This house bigger than my house.
(Here is the version with the possessive adjective (my) and noun (house).)
yoursIs this yours?
(Yours is the possessive pronoun.)
Is this your wallet?
(Here is the version with the possessive adjective (your) and noun (wallet).)
hisUse his tomorrow morning.
(His is the possessive pronoun.)
Use his car tomorrow morning.
(Here is the version with the possessive adjective (his) and noun (car).)
hersI like hers.
(Hers is the possessive pronoun.)
I like her painting.
(Here is the version with the possessive adjective (her) and noun (painting).)
oursYou can use ours.
(Ours is the possessive pronoun.)
You can use our lawnmower.
(Here is the version with the possessive adjective (our) and noun (lawnmower).)
yoursLet me see yours.
(Yours is the possessive pronoun.)
Show me your essay.
(Here is the version with the possessive adjective (your) and noun (essay).)

Possessive Forms (Possessive Adjectives and Possessive Pronouns)

Here is a list of personal pronouns with their corresponding possessive adjectives and possessive pronouns (i.e., their possessive forms):

Personal PronounPossessive Form
Possessive AdjectivePossessive Pronoun
Imymine
youyouryours
hehishis
sheherhers
itits[not used]
weourours
theytheirtheirs
whowhosewhose

Possessive Pronouns Replace Nouns

Possessive pronouns are used to indicate who (or what) owns something. Like all pronouns, possessive pronouns replace nouns in sentences. Here are some real-life examples of possessive pronouns:
  • Humans are the only animals that have children on purpose with the exception of guppies, who like to eat theirs. (P J O'Rourke)

  • We cherish our friends not for their ability to amuse us, but for ours to amuse them. (Evelyn Waugh, 1903-1966)

  • A wife should no more take her husband's name than he should hers. My name is my identity and must not be lost. (Lucy Stone)

  • People who have given us their complete confidence believe that they have a right to ours. The inference is false, a gift confers no rights. (Friedrich Nietzsche)
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