You are here

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




this lesson is very nice and important but  i think there is a mistake at the last sentence.after the word " yours" , the verb "were" not was

 Hi Donaa

In this sentence, the possessive pronoun refers to the desert (more precisely, your desert). The sentence means: your desert was very nice. So when using the possessive pronoun, it becomes: Yours was very nice.

The verb to be conjugates with the referent - i.e. the thing being referred to.

Consider the following examples:

  • Two parents watching their children playing...

"Look at your children. They are so well behaved."

"No they're not, they're little monsters. Yours are lovely." 

Here, yours refers to a plural noun, so the verb to be = are.

Another example:

  • Two people talking about a car...

"I really want to get a new car."

"Why? Yours is in great condition."

Here, yours refers to a singular noun, so the verb to be = is.

I hope that helps. If I haven't been clear or I somehow misunderstood what you were asking about, please let me know.



The LearnEnglish Team

now i understand clearly. thanks jack

you answerd on my question right. your answer is very right. you cleared to me what i asked about.
thanks Jack

Hi Donaa

I'm happy to have helped.


well its very easy one,i have finished it correctly.
Thank you

hi i have done it correctly.

hi  everybody!!!
I  am  number  1.
I  am  albanian.
Goodbye   people.

Hi, everybody;
This site is very good, i like it.

It`s very easy but in the first i have one mistake but after that it`s ok and very useful .