Possessive Pronouns


You will probably have noticed that the possessive pronouns have two forms – my, mine, your, yours etc.

The forms my, our, your, his, her and their are actually possessive adjectives, not pronouns. They are used before a noun.

The forms mine, ours, hers, theirs, yours are generally used after a noun.

Uses of possessive pronouns

Possessive pronouns show ownership. The possessive pronouns are yours, his, hers, ours, theirs, mine, whose.

Possessive pronouns are used without following nouns.

We do not use articles with possessive pronouns.

Note that the possessives my, your, his, her, its, our and their are determiners, not pronouns. Possessive determiners are used at the beginning of noun phrases.

Note the spelling of the possessive its. The contraction it’s is not a possessive: it means it is or it has.

Possessive pronouns mine, ours, hers, theirs and yours can be used as the subject of a sentence. Note that possessive adjectives cannot be used like this. To be used as part of the subject, a possessive adjective has to be followed by a noun. Possessive pronouns, on the other hand, can stand alone.

A possessive pronoun can be used as the object of a verb.

A possessive pronoun can be used as the object of a preposition.