Where do we use "Your" and "Yours"?| Pronouns | Learning Concepts
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Pronouns

Concept:Use the Words ‘your’ & ‘yours’

Definition:

  • A pronoun is a word that replace a noun in a sentence to avoid repetition of the noun.
  • Words like ‘your’ and ‘yours’ are called pronouns.
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Let’s see when we can use ‘your’ and ‘yours’.

a) The use of ‘your’:

  • The pronoun ‘your’ describes a noun. The speaker uses the word ‘your’ when talking about someone else’s belongings.
  • The pronoun ‘your’ can show both singular and plural nouns in a sentence.
  • ‘Your’ is placed before a noun in a sentence.

Examples:

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    • The speaker is talking about a bag (noun) that belongs to someone the speaker is talking to. Therefore, we used the pronoun ‘your’. It shows possession or ownership of the noun ‘bag’.
    • The pronoun ‘your’ is written before the noun ‘bag’.
    • Notice the pronoun ‘your’ refers to a singular noun.
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    • The speaker is referring to the dogs (noun) that belong to someone. To show possession or ownership of the noun (bag) we used the pronoun ‘your’.
    • In the above sentence, the pronoun ‘your’ is followed by the noun ‘pets’.
    • We used ‘your’ to talk about plural nouns ‘pets’ in this example.

b) The use of ‘yours’:

  • We use the pronoun ‘yours’ instead of a noun to show something belongs to someone.
  • ‘Yours’ can replace both singular and plural nouns in a sentence.
  • Usually, a sentence ends with the pronoun ‘yours’.
  • The pronoun ‘yours’ is not followed by a noun; instead, you will notice that the noun is always found before the pronoun.

Example:

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  • The pronoun ‘yours’ replaces the noun to show the possession or ownership of the noun.
  • ‘Yours’ came at the end of a sentence.

Common mistakes:

  1. We can’t begin a sentence with the pronoun ‘yours’. We can use ‘your’ at start of a sentence.
  2. Examples:

    Your mother is calling you back home. Nature-1

    Yours mother is calling you back home. Nature-1

  3. ‘Yours’ can’t be followed by a noun but is written before the pronoun.
  4. ‘Your’ is always followed by a noun.

    Examples:

    I can’t visit your house. Nature-1

    I can’t visit yours house. Nature-1

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