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In this lesson, we will learn all the rules and uses of the possessive determiner, 'Our.'

The Determiner "Our" in the English Grammar

Our is a possessive determiner and it is mostly used for the first-person plural subject. In this lesson, we will discuss when and how to use it.

'Our' as a Possessive Determiner

Use

Our as a possessive determiner generally shows the speakers or the writers own something. It has other uses as well. Have a look:

  • Our as a possessive determiner is used to show possession or ownership; for example:

We love our children.

Our dream is to travel around the world.

  • Our is impersonal. That means something can belong to anyone; for example:

Doing exercise is beneficial for our health.

'Our health' means 'everyone's health.'

Let's be proud of our life.

  • Our is used to refer to kings, queens, judges, etc. For example:

Our Highness, please consider a plan.

Our Majesty, I am at your service.

  • Our is used to refer to a member of the family. In this case, names should be mentioned. For example:

Our Roxy speaks three languages.

'Roxy' is a member of the family, maybe their daughter.

Position in a Sentence

Our as a possessive determiner always comes before a noun or a noun phrase. For example:

Our winning the game felt awesome.

'Winning the game' is a gerund and a noun phrase.

Tip

Articles like 'a', 'an' and, 'the' or other determiners cannot be used before 'our.' Take a look at the following example:

This is our green book. ✔ This is the our green book.

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