Difference between My and Mine: Examples, Concept | Class 1 - Pronouns
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Learn the Difference between my and mine for Class 1 English

The pronouns ‘my’ and ‘mine’ denote possession of something. It can indicate both living and non-living things. It is crucial to know the distinction between these two, as using them incorrectly will change the meaning of a sentence. This concept will make the students aware of the difference between my and mine and the rules of using them in a sentence. They will also come across the common mistakes that can occur while using them in writing or speaking.

In this learning concept, the students will learn to:

  • Speak my and mine sentences.
  • differentiate between my and mine.

Pronoun for class 1 is explained to students using examples, illustrations, and concept maps. After you go through a concept, assess your learning by solving the two printable worksheets given at the end of the page.
Download the pronouns worksheet for grade 1 and check your answers with the worksheet solutions provided in PDF format.


  • Pronouns are words used in a sentence instead of a noun
  • We use pronouns to talk about a noun that has already been mentioned in a sentence. Words like I, he, she, him, it etc. are all pronouns.
  • Words like ‘My’ and ‘mine’ are also pronouns.
my and mine pronouns for class 1

In this lesson, we will learn when to use ‘my’ and ‘mine’.

a) Use of ‘My’

  • The pronoun ‘my’ tells us about the noun. It shows possession or ownership of the noun. It describes something that belongs to the speaker.
  • The pronoun ‘my’ can be used for both singular and plural nouns.
  • The word ‘My’ usually is placed before a noun.


Use of my
Use of my

In the above examples, the speaker is talking about the cycle and the car. The words ‘Cycle’ and ‘car are nouns that belongs to the speaker. To show the possession or ownership we used the pronoun ‘my’ before the nouns. In these examples, the pronoun ‘my’ refers to a singular object.

 Use of my
 Use of my

In the first example, the girl is talking about the toys belonging to her. In the second example, the speaker is talking about the pencils belonging to him or her. Both ‘toys’ and ‘pencils’ are plural nouns and my sits before them.

b) Use of ‘Mine’

  • The pronoun ‘mine’ is used in the place of a noun to show possession or ownership.
  • We use the pronoun ‘mine’ to avoid repetition.
  • ‘Mine’ can replace both singular and plural nouns in a sentence.
  • Mine’ usually comes at the end of a sentence.


Use of mine
Use of mine

Here, the girl is showing the books that belong to herself. Instead of mentioning her name, we used the pronoun ‘mine’ to show the ownership. It comes at the end of the sentence.

Common mistakes

  1. Don’t start a sentence with the pronoun ‘mine’.
    But we can start a sentence with ‘my’.


    My pen is in your bag. tick

    Mine pen is in your bag. cross

  2. Mine’ can’t be followed by a noun.
    My’ is always followed by a noun.


    I love my dog.tick

    I love mine dog.cross

Concept map of the difference between my and mine

Look at the mind map to better understand the topic.

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