Can you match these possessive pronouns to the right personal pronouns and possessive adjectives?
 

yours, mine, theirs, ours, hers, his, its

 

Subject Object Possessive adjectives

Possessive pronouns

I me  my  
You you  your  
He him  his  
She her  her  
It it  its  
We us  our  
They them  their  

 

We can use a possessive pronoun instead of a noun phrase:

 

Is that John’s car?   No, it’s [my car] > No, it’s mine.
Whose coat is this?   Is it [your coat]? > Is it yours?
Her coat is grey, [my coat]is brown   Her coat is grey,   mine is brown.

 

 

We can use possessive pronouns after of.

We can say:

Susan is one of my friends.
or
Susan is a friend of mine.
but not 
Susan is a friend of me

or

I am one of Susan's friends.
or
I am a friend of Susan's.
but not 
I am a friend of Susan

Exercise

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Comments

why it is wrong to say 'I am a friend of Susan'

Hello Tchalla,

It is a bit strange, isn't it? It might help to think of this as an abbreviated form of 'one friend among Susan's friends', but in the end the reason it is correct is because that's the way people write and speak.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

can you pls indicate the correct answers...

thanks

Hello loaialhajjaj,

You can see the answers by clicking 'FInish' (after entering at least one answer) and then 'Show answers'.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

I have a question.
If we say "Susan is a friend of mine"
how about the following:
"So this is a kindey?" asked a surgery student?
"No, it is only one of its parts." replied the teacher.

Could we rewrite the above sentence as: "No, it is only a part of its." ?

Hello Ondra K,

I'm afraid that would not be correct. The correct form would be:

No, it is only a part of it.

As I said in a previous comment, this is an area of the language which is in flux and is changing, so it can be inconsistent.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much, Peter M.

hi,
I have a question, is it correct to use "they" in this situation
-- mark: are they your pens?
-- me: yes, they are mine.
and please explain to me why we cant use "it" instead. even when the pens are inanimate.

Hi moh505ammed,

For plural forms we use 'they' for both animate and inanimate items. Therefore 'they' is correct here and 'it' is not as it would be used for 'pen' (singular) not 'pens' (plural). You could also use 'these' or 'those' in this sentence.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

hello
what I am confused is
what is wrong with saying ( I am a friend of susan )

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