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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




So, which one is correct? The (a) one, right?

Hello DonStarr,

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

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Possessive pronouns is enlightening


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

Hello sir ,
I had this question in an exam and I doubt my answer . Here is the question :
Jane always asks my sister and ......... for advice .
A) her
B) hers

I went with the second choice ..

Hello Zahra,

I'm afraid that B is not correct. What is needed in this gap is some kind of object pronoun, such as 'her'.

Best regards,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Sir,
It is stated above that "I am a friend of Susan's" is correct sentence. Could you please explain how the meaning is changed when we use just 'Susan' instead of 'Susan's' in that sentence?

Hello Advertgrwl,

Saying 'I am a friend of Susan' is not correct in standard English - it's simply something native speakers don't say.

It might help to think of 'I'm a friend of Susan's' as a shorter way of saying 'I'm a friend of Susan's many friends'.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

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