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

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Hello,
I have a question. Is it
"Susan is one of my friends." Or
"Susan is one of my friend." Which one is correct and please explain me why?
Thanks.

Hello Jake_vera,

The plural form 'friends' is needed because when you say 'one of...' you must be referring to a group of more than just one person.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello The LearnEnglish Team,
Could you help, please, and give a piece of advice on which possessive pronoun to use before the noun "family" in the sentence given below, provided that the writer is a child (not a parent having his/her own family) and there is not any preceding context. Could there be "my" instead of "our"? Some say there must be ONLY "our" (not "my") as a child can't have his/her own family:
"All the members of our family get together in the living room every evening."
It seems to me "our" would be a great choice if there was some information (or any) about siblings or at least about parents. Am I right?
Many thanks for your help.
Best regards,
Yuriy.

Hello Yuriy,

Both 'my' and 'our' are possible even if the child who is speaking has no brothers or sisters. It is enough that the family contains more than just the speaker for 'our' to be possible. After all, the family 'belongs' to the mother and father as much as the child or children. There is no need for any earlier explanation as a family by definition cannot be just one person. Thus, it would be perfectly fine to say this:

Our family is small - just my mother and myself - but we always meet and have Christmas dinner together.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Sorry, while referring to "my" and "our" I mistakenly defined them as "possessive pronouns". Actually, they must be referred to as possessive determiners or possessive adjectives.

Can we say "I'm a son of Stark" or do we have to say "I’m a son of Stark’s”? Thanks!

Hello Wang Zijian,

I understand that 'Stark' refers to one person, not to a family. As the page states, we use the 's form after of and so the correct form is I'm a son of Stark's.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

However, when the 'Stark' refers to a family, we can say 'I am a son of the Starks', am I right?

Hello Wang Zijijan,

If the word is plural (Starks) then you would use the plural possessive form:

I am a son of the Starks'

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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