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Pronouns

Concept: Uses of Possessive Pronouns

Definition:

  • A pronoun that indicates ownership or possession of someone or something is called a possessive pronoun.
  • Possessive pronouns can replace a noun or noun phrase or possessive adjective and it also prevents repetition of the nouns in the sentence.
  • A possessive pronoun isn’t followed by a noun. It stands alone in a sentence.
  • The words yours, mine, his, hers, ours, theirs are possessive pronouns.

Example:

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  • In the first sentence, we used the noun ‘cup’ three times. In the second sentence, we replaced the noun ‘cup’ and pronoun ‘my’ & ‘your’ with the possessive pronoun ‘mine’ and ‘yours’ to avoid repetition.
  • ‘Mine’ and ‘yours’ are not followed by a noun. They are standing alone in a sentence.
  • The words ‘I’ and ‘am’ are made into a contraction by omitting the letter ‘a’ and replacing it with an apostrophe (’). “ I’m” has become a contraction.

Types of Possessive Pronouns

The usage of possessive pronouns is better understood when we look at the types of possessive pronouns. It can be divided into two types: Singular possessive pronouns and plural possessive pronouns.

a) Singular Possessive Pronouns:

When a possessive pronoun refers to only one person or thing, it is called a singular possessive pronoun. The list of singular possessive pronouns is –

  • mine
  • yours
  • his
  • hers

Examples:

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In both sentences, we replaced the nouns ‘house’ and ‘umbrella’ with the singular possessive pronoun ‘yours’ and ‘hers’ to refer to one person.

b) Plural Possessive Pronouns:

When a possessive pronoun refers to more than one person or thing, it is called a plural possessive pronoun. The list of plural possessive pronouns is –

  • ours
  • yours
  • theirs

Examples:

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Instead of mentioning the nouns ‘class’ and ‘team’ repetitively, we used plural possessive pronouns ‘ours’ and ‘theirs’ to refer to more than one person.

Every personal pronoun has a possessive pronoun corresponding to it.

Singular Pronouns Singular possessive pronouns
he his
her hers
my mine
I mine
your yours
Plural Pronouns Plural possessive pronouns
our ours
your yours
their theirs

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Common Mistakes:

1. Don’t make mistakes between possessive pronoun and possessive adjective.

  • A possessive pronoun is not followed by a noun.
  • Examples: The book is mine.

  • A possessive adjective comes before a noun.
  • Examples: This is my book.

2. We can’t change the form of a possessive pronoun into plural. It doesn’t matter whether a possessive pronoun refers to one or more than one object. The form remains the same.

Examples:

This crayon is mine.

These crayons are my.

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