Possessive Pronouns for beginners

Possessive pronouns show ownership and indicate that something belongs to someone particular. With their help, we can make a possessive phrase shorter.

"Possessive Pronouns" in English Grammar

What Are Possessive Pronouns?

Possessive pronouns are words that replace nouns and indicate ownership. In other words, they show that something belongs to someone.

English Possessive Pronouns

English possessive pronouns include the following:

Subject Pronouns Possessive Pronouns
I Mine
You Yours
He His
She Hers
It -
We Ours
You Yours
They Theirs

using "hers" as the possessive pronoun

When Do We Use Possessive Pronouns?

We use a possessive pronoun instead of a noun phrase to avoid repetition. Take a look at some examples:

Don't touch that phone. It's not yours! → It's not your phone!

That phone was mine. → That phone was my phone.

The house on the corner is theirs. → The house on the corner is their house.


We use 'whose' to ask a question about possession.

'Whose birthday is it today?' 'Mine!'

'Whose car is this?' 'It is theirs.'


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