Can you match these possessive pronouns to the right personal pronouns and possessive adjectives?
 

yours, mine, theirs, ours, hers, his, its

 

Subject Object Possessive adjectives

Possessive pronouns

I me  my  
You you  your  
He him  his  
She her  her  
It it  its  
We us  our  
They them  their  

 

We can use a possessive pronoun instead of a noun phrase:

 

Is that John’s car?   No, it’s [my car] > No, it’s mine.
Whose coat is this?   Is it [your coat]? > Is it yours?
Her coat is grey, [my coat]is brown   Her coat is grey,   mine is brown.

 

 

We can use possessive pronouns after of.

We can say:

Susan is one of my friends.
or
Susan is a friend of mine.
but not 
Susan is a friend of me

or

I am one of Susan's friends.
or
I am a friend of Susan's.
but not 
I am a friend of Susan

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hey guys !!!
I was wondering how is the possessive pronoun "its" used.
Thanks in advance

Hi Arun Sooknarine,

We use the pronoun its in the same way we use hers or his, with the difference that we use its when we are describing something which is not a person. However, it is quite rare as in many contexts it can be ambiguous, and so we usually prefer to use the noun rather than this particular pronoun. We also tend to avoid the possessive pronoun its at the end of a sentence.

It is possible to come up with examples. Imagine you are looking at a friend's car. You might say My car's colour is ugly but its is quite nice.

Even this example is rather awkward in my view and 'this one's' would be preferable. It is grammatically correct to use its here, however.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello everybody
I have a question on possessive noun.

Anybody please offer me their feedback on the correctness or wrongness of the following sentence:
" This is Samantha's new car which is bought by hers elder son Matthew , after his marriage"
please feel free to inform any kind of mistake in the above sentence, but i am specifically interested to know that "is it correct to use HERS ELDER SON MATTHEW instead of HER ELDER SON MATTHEW "

Thanks

Thanks

Hello davidChoubey,

The correct form here is 'her' not 'hers'. We do not use possessive pronouns (like 'hers') before nouns. You can read more about this here and here.

I think a past form would be required here as well, making the correct sentence

This is Samantha's new car which wass bought by hers elder son Matthew after his marriage.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

CAMBRIDGE DICTIONARY: We can use 'own' as a pronoun after a possessive determiner (e.g. my, his, their). We often use it in the pattern noun + of + possessive determiner + own:
eg 'Did you have a flat- of your own- when you were a student, or did you share?'
THE ABOVE EXAMPLE USES POSSESSIVE DETERMINER/ADJECTIVE 'YOUR'. HOW DOES THIS MAKE 'OWN' A PRONOUN ? HOW DOES 'OWN' EXPRESS A NOUN? Thank you.

Hello AITKINS,

I'm afraid we don't comment on what other grammars or books say, but I can confirm that 'own' can indeed act as a pronoun in some cases. For example, imagine you offer to lend me your car to go to work, since mine isn't working very well. I could say, 'No, thanks. I'll go in my own.'

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Kirk
Sorry for my mistake. Thank you very much for your advice. It made things clearer.
Thanks Aitkins

Hello,

Could you please tell me which of these two sentences is correct:

"I don't have faith in me" or "I don't have faith in myself"?

Thank you.

Hello Chiranjib Sahoo,

The normal way to say this is with 'myself'. You can read more about this on this page.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank You, Peter.

The reference helped me understand the usage of reflexive pronouns better.

Regards,
Chiranjib

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