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Possessives: pronouns


Level: beginner

Subject Object Possessive adjective Possessive pronoun
I me  my mine
you you your yours
he him  his his
she her  her hers
it it its -
we us  our ours
they them  their theirs


Be careful!

Possessive pronouns do not have an apostrophe:

Is that car yours/hers/ours/theirs?
(NOT Is that car your's/her's/our's/their's?)

We can use a possessive pronoun instead of a full noun phrase to avoid repeating words:

Is that John's car?
     No, it's mine.
 (NOT No, it's [my car].)

Whose coat is this?
     Is it yours? (NOT Is it [your coat]?)

Her coat is grey.
     Mine is brown. (NOT [My coat] is brown.)


Possessives: pronouns 1


Level: intermediate

We can use possessive pronouns and nouns after of. We can say:

Susan is one of my friends. > Susan is a friend of mine.
(NOT Susan is a friend of me.)

I am one of Susan's friends. > I am a friend of Susan's.
(NOT I am a friend of Susan.)

Possessives: pronouns 2





Sir what is the difference between subject and object thank you

Hello Shiv panda,

You can find explanations of 'subject' and 'object' by looking them up in the dictionary, e.g. the Cambridge dictionary entry for 'subject'. Be sure to read the entries that are labeled as [GRAMMAR].

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

hello staff,
Thank you for your pretty and useful job that you are doing here

We can say:
Susan is one of my friends.
Susan is a friend of mine.
but not
Susan is a friend of me. neither I am a friend of Susan.
Why not the last sentence?

Hello Ayman,

Although people would certainly understand you if you said 'I am a friend of Susan', that's not the way people speak; they say 'I am a friend of Susan's.' You could think of this as a shortened form of 'I am a friend of Susan's many friends', but I'd recommend just accepting that this is considered correct, even if it doesn't make complete sense.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Mr. Kirk
I do not understand why there are two opinions about possessive pronouns. You say that standard English and native speakers do not say, ' He is a friend of Peter' but 'He is a friend of Peter's'. Well, there is another who says that the former could also be correct. So, which is the correct answer as both of you are native speakers? Would appreciate if you could clarify this matter.

Hello Bonaventure,

I'm afraid we don't comment on other websites or opinions. You'll have to make up your own mind on this one, though I'd encourage you to carefully check how these words are used in example sentences in dictionaries.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Teachers
I wanna ask a question Please
Which is correct ?
my wife prepared a cup of tea for ( me or mine )

Hello MoHa-Mo,

After prepositions (such as 'for'), the object form of pronouns is used. So, in this case, 'me' is the form to use. See the Object pronouns section on our personal pronouns page for more on this.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

But in the above example
Susan is a friend of mine.
but not
Susan is a friend of me??