Ours

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

The Pronoun "Ours" in the English Grammar

Ours is the possessive pronoun of we, and it is first-person plural. In this lesson, we will discuss when and how to use it.

'Ours' as a Possessive Pronoun

Use

Ours as a possessive pronoun is mainly used to refer to the belongings of the speakers. To learn more uses of ours, read the next part

  • Ours is used to refer to things that belong to the speaker and other people as a group. Here are some examples:

Please stop touching this project. It's ours.

'Ours' is used to avoid repeating 'this project.'

We just passed your house. This one is ours.

  • Ours is used to talk about the speakers' relationships. Here are some examples:

That woman isn't our mother, the other one is ours.

'Ours' refers to 'our mother.'

Their boss is always nagging about how ours is always late.

'Ours' is used to refer to the speaker's relationships.

  • Ours is used to talk about body parts. For example:

A frog's legs bend differently than ours.

  • Ours is used to talk about thoughts, feelings, ideas, etc. Here are some examples:

Ideas will be discussed soon, we can present ours.

Human feelings are very sensitive and we need to shield ours.

  • Sometimes ours is used instead of 'our home' especially in British English. Take a look at the following examples:

The bars are closed but we could always hang out at ours.

'Ours' means 'our home.'

My parents are away for the weekend. We can throw a party at ours.

Position in a Sentence

Ours as a possessive pronoun replaces nouns. For example:

Ideas will be discussed soon, we can present ours.

'Ours' replaces 'ideas' and here it acts as an object.

Indefinite Pattern

We already knew definite patterns such as 'our supervisor' but when we want to use a possessive pronoun to refer to that person or thing, we use the indefinite pattern determiner + noun + of ours. Have a look:

A friend of ours is throwing a party.

This structure is indefinite because we do not know 'which friend' they are talking about.

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