possessives: pronouns

 

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

Exercise

Comments

How can you say you're a fan of someone? Fox example, "I am a fan of Girls' Generation"..Is it correct? Or should I say "I am a fan of Girls' Generation's", following the example above "I am a friend of Susan's" ?

Hello PamNa,

Language evolves in unexpected ways and this is a good example of how the language has evolved. When using people's names in this kind of phrase the 's is common (though it is possible to say 'of Susan' too). However, when talking about other things, including groups, teams and so on, we do not use 's. For example:

I'm a fan of Frank Sinatra. [correct]

I'm a fan of Frank Sinatra's. [correct]

I'm a fan of Manchester United. [correct]

I'm a fan of Manchester United's. [incorrect]

Note that sometimes the choice can change the meaning, with certain phrases. For example:

That's a photo of Susan. [she is in the picture]

That's a photo of Susan's. [it belongs to her]

I hope that helps to clarify it for you. It's an interesting and tricky area - thank you for the question!

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Is it ' Same school as me' or 'Same school as myne'

Thank you.

Hello Andhrite,

You can say both 'as me' and 'as mine' but I think 'as me' is the more common.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

hello but you can not see the right answers and understand mistakes made?

Hello Poncia,

To see the correct answers, click on the Finish button. If you don't understand an answer, please feel free to ask about it here in the Comments.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

As for "whose coat is this", can I say "whose is this coat"? Is there any difference between the two? To my knowledge, "whose" is often followed by a noun, but there are also circumstances that "whose" are not followed by a noun. I am wondering when "whose" could not be followed by a noun. For example, in relative clauses, noun clauses?
Thank you very much!

Hi platformreg,

'whose' can be both a possessive question word (both adjective and pronoun, e.g. in the example questions you write above, which are both correct; there is little difference between them) as well as a relative pronoun. In general, when 'whose' is a possessive adjective or relative pronoun, it is followed by a noun. I'd say that more often than not, 'whose' is followed by a noun, though I'd have to do a bit of research in a corpus to confirm that.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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