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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

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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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Comments

Hello, sound icon doesn't work?

Hello lee su gon!
 
Not all of our exercises have sound! The icon is greyed out, so it's not supposed to work - don't worry about it, but feel free to tell us if you think you've found a problem!
 
Thanks,
 
Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello, 
this exercise was dificult to me, I dont know how I can use the possesive pronouns. I want to improve the use of the English grammar. 
thank you & regarts
Yuri 

Hey, you forgot fill the fields in Possessive Pronouns with "Possessive Pronouns" :D
btw exercises were cool!

Hi,
The possessive pronouns are at the top of the table - you should work out yourself where they go.
Best wishes,
Adam
The LearnEnglish

nice one

"Susan is a friend of mine.
but not
Susan is a friend of me."
"I am a friend of Susan's.
but not
I am a friend of Susan."
Before visiting this page I used to write "I am a friend of Susan". Only after visiting here I knew that I was  wrong. So This page is very important  to me.
Thank You, The LearnEnglish Team!!!! 

I am very happy , thank you so much . Olessya

Some people would argue that "a friend of Susan's" is ungrammatical and that "a friend of Susan" is in fact the correct form, given that the "of" denotes possession. See Simon Heffer's book ​Strictly English​ (pp.41-2), for example.

Hello,
Interesting comment! I take your and Simon Heffer's point, but using 'of' with a possessive form is fairly standard usage. As a teacher of English as a foreign language, I'm happy for my students to use it and would only point out to them that some people consider it ungrammatical if they were going to be writing in an environment where they might be criticised for this - and such environments are very rare.
Using 'of' with a possessive does not give rise to any ambiguity or impede communication, so this rule is mostly an appeal to consistency and I personally feel that English has so many illogicalities that trying to remove them one at a time is like painting the Forth Bridge with a toothbrush.
As I'm sure you know, there are many types of grammar, such as descriptive, pedagogical and prescriptive. Simon Heffer wrote an unashamed prescriptive grammar, which has rather different aims from the grammar on this site. Heffer believes in a particular and uncommon way to write English and is trying to encourage others to follow it. That is not what the grammar here (written by Dave Willis, an renowned expert in teaching English) is for.
I hesitate to criticise Heffer, since he is a far better writer than I can ever hope to be, but I tend to agree with reviewers of 'Strictly English' like David Crystal and Geoff Pullum that many of his rules are somewhat archaic and unrealistic about English in the 21st century.
Anyway, thanks for raising this - it was interesting to think about.
Best wishes - and happy new year!
Adam
The LearnEnglish Team

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