Yours

'Yours' is a possessive pronoun of you. In this part, we will go through its uses and grammatical rules in English grammar.

The Pronoun "Yours" in the English Grammar

Yours is a possessive pronoun of second-person singular and plural (you). In this lesson, we will discuss when and how to use it.

'Yours' as a Possessive Pronoun

Use

Yours is used to refer to something that belongs or relates to our addressee(s). Yours is used to avoid the repetition of a noun in a sentence. Take a look at its uses:

  • Yours is used to talk about things the addressee owns or possesses. Take a look at the following examples:

I knew it was yours so I didn't let anyone touch it.

Is the yellow scarf yours?

'Yours' is used to avoid repeating 'your scarf.'

  • Yours is used to refer to the addressee's relationships, like parents, sisters, friends, etc. Have a look:

My boss is less strict than yours.

'Yours' replaces 'my boss.'

Her mother is much older than yours.

  • Yours is used to refer to body parts. For example:

My leg keeps aching but yours seems fine.

'Yours' replaces 'my leg' and takes the singular verb 'seems.'

I visited my dentist to check my dental health. You should check yours too.

'Yours' is the object.

  • Yours is used to talk about the speaker's feelings, thoughts, ideas, etc. Here are some examples:

I don't care if he hurt my feelings, but he can't hurt yours.

'Yours' refers to 'feelings.'

The ideas presented by others were good but yours was game-changing.

'Yours' in Letters and Emails

At the end of a letter or an email, we can use 'yours sincerely' and 'yours respectfully.' We use 'yours respectfully' to end a formal letter starting with 'Dear Sir/Madam.'
'Yours sincerely' is used in a letter starting with the name of the addressee. 'Yours' can be used before or after respectfully, sincerely, truly, etc. For example:

I cannot wait to see you there, yours sincerely, Nina.

Position in a Sentence

Yours as a possessive pronoun replaces the noun. Remember that yours is a 3rd person pronoun and depending on its antecedent, it takes plural or singular verbs. Here are some examples:

Here, take this book. It is yours.

'Yours' refers to 'this book' and takes a singular verb.

My pants weren't this raggedy. Yours are there.

'Yours' refers to 'pants', so it takes the plural verb.

'Yours' and the Preposition 'of'

Possessive pronoun 'yours' in the pattern below, makes the noun, indefinite:
determiner + noun + of + mine

Those clothes of yours are so cute.

No matter which clothes.

I saw a friend of yours.

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