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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Comments

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

It was a good lesson! Thank you for your help.

Hi
Please help me with the following .
He says his surname is Smith . What is your surname .
In the above sentence his surname and your surname , which word is the possessive adjective and possessive pronoun.
Thank you

Hi sumanasc,

Both 'your' and 'his' in these sentences are possessive adjectives.

Possessive pronouns are used to replace a noun phrase. For example:

This is my car. [possessive adjective + noun]

This is mine. [possessive pronoun]

Is this your book? No, it's his book. [possessive adjectives + nouns]

Is this yours? No, it's his. [possessive pronouns]

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi!
I have a question, I was faced with an exercise where I had to rewrite a couple of things, so as to avoid repeting nouns:
A: Is this your book?
B: It is your book. My book is in my bag.

I'd really like to know if what follows, could be a possible answer:
A: Is this your book?
B: No, it isn't. Mine is in my bag.

Thank you!!

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