possessives: pronouns


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.
Susan is a friend of mine.
but not 
Susan is a friend of me


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




On the last examples :
(a) I am a friend of Susan's.
(b) I am friend of susan.
why (a) is correct and (b) is false؟


I can see why this looks an unusual use, but it is the standard use. As to why, I can only say that the rule grew up through common use, and reflects that.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hello DonStarr,

Yes, that is the most common use but (b) is not wrong, simply less common.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team


I'd like to check which of the following is correct

(A) Mary's friends promised to take Mary to the mall.
(B) Mary's friends promised to take her to the mall.

From what we know of pronouns, they are used to replace a subject that has been mentioned earlier in the sentence. Is it acceptable if the the subject's name is mentioned again?

Thank you very much!

Hello hellomisspun,

Both of these sentences are correct. If it's clear from the context that 'her' refers to Mary, sentence B would be much more likely, but sentence A is not incorrect. Sentence A would be more likely when you want to be very clear about who they were taking to the mall.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team