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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.)

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Hello zen29,

As Kirk says, theoretically it is possible to think of a sentence in which 'its' would be a possessive pronoun, but it sounds very unnatural because we simply prefer not to use it in this way - in fact, I cannot think of a single time that I have heard 'its' used in this way.  Therefore I think it is safe for you to describe 'its' as a possessive adjective rather than a possessive pronoun.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Thanku so much for all your explanations,sir.

thank you very very much about everything on here 
   really I can't thank about what do you progress for teaching

Great! ;) Thanks fot these exercises :)

wow interesting...

Can You give me a answers?

When the man asked me how I had got ---- address, I told him that I was given it by a relative of ----.
 his / his
 his / him
him / him
which option is correct? plz help ..

Hi e0j,
The third person masculine possessive adjective and possessive pronoun are the same word: his.
Therefore, his is the correct word for both of the gaps in the sentence you shared.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

From where can i get the correct answer for the exercise???

Hello ajithkaroort,
If you click 'Finish' then you will see the correct answers (as well as your score).
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team