Hers

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

The Pronoun "Hers" in the English Grammar

Hers is a possessive determiner and it is third-person singular. Hers is generally used to refer to belongings and connections related to a female person or animal. In this lesson, we will discuss when and how to use it.

'Hers' as a Possessive Pronoun

Use

Hers as a possessive pronoun is mainly used to talk about the possessions of a female person or animal; however, it has more functions. Look:

  • Hers is used to talk about things that a female person or animal owns. For example:

This is hers by just looking at it.

I checked the name at the back. The notebook is hers.

'Hers' refers to 'the notebook.'

  • Hers is used to refer to relationships. These relationships include family, friends, etc. Have a look:

My mom is so easygoing but hers is not.

'Hers' means 'her mom.' 'Hers' is used to avoid repeating 'her mom.'

Sisters can be really supportive but hers aren't supportive.

The antecedent of 'hers' is 'her sisters.'

  • Hers is used to talk about a female person's or animal's body parts. For example:

We got our ears checked. Hers are fine.

'Hers' refers to 'our ears.'

  • Hers is used to refer to thoughts, feelings, ideas, etc. For example:

You have no filter. You hurt my feelings and hers.

No matter how many ideas we presented, hers were still the best ones.

'Hers' for Personification

Hers sometimes refers to some objects such as a country or a nation, a musical instrument, a ship or a boat, a car or a machine. Take a look at the following examples:

My country is mine and I'm hers.

'Hers' refers to 'the country.'

I love my Guitar. The strings of hers are always the best quality.

'Hers' refers to 'the guitar.'

The Titanic was a ship the tragic fate of hers is famous worldwide.

'Hers' refers to 'the ship.'

Position in a Sentence

Hers as a possessive pronoun replaces a noun. Note that the verb after hers agrees with the antecedent. For example:

You have no filter. You hurt my feelings and hers.

'Hers' replaces 'my feelings.'

Indefinite Pattern

We already heard definite patterns such as 'her colleague,' but when we use a possessive pronoun to refer to that person or thing, we use this indefinite pattern. In this case, we say 'a colleague of hers.' Pay attention to the following examples:

A colleague of hers bailed her out.

We don't know exactly which colleague.

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