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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Hi.
Could you give me examples and explanation on ( Its ) as a possessive pronoun , please ?

Hi Walid123,

Here are three examples:

  • The cat licked its paw.
  • I liked the house. Its style was modern but its materials were quite traditional.
  • Its screen was dirty so I wiped it with a cloth.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi. Peter
Thanks for your answer but I think in these examples ( its ) is a possessive adjective not a possessive pronoun
Actually I know how to use the possessive pronouns ( mine, yours, ours...etc ) but I am not ok with its as a possessive pronoun ).
Best wishes
Walid 123

Hi Walid123,

My apologies! I read your question rather quickly and assumed (incorreclty) that you were interested in the use of its as a possessive form as opposed to it's as a contracted verb.

Although grammatically speaking we could use its as a possessive pronoun, in practice we do not. Instead we use the full noun:

Whose are those footprints?

I thought they were yours.

No, they're not. They must be the dog's.

Although its would be possible, particularly if the dog were present so that the speaker could visually indicate it, the sentence would be clumsy and highly unlikely in normal speech.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

I spoke about a friend of mine.
I have never read one from book of mine.

These sentences are correct, or not?

Hello airbinder,

The first sentence is correct and the second is not, but the use of 'mine' is correct in both sentences. It's not clear how the second sentence should be changed as we don't know the context. For example, we don't know what 'one' refers to.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

please i need to ask
My parents are from London,So is mine or so are mine..... and why?

Hello Romantic,

The correct form would be

So are mine.

'Parents' is a plural noun and so a plural noun is required.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Would it be correct "the work of Cervantes" or "the work of Cervantes' "?
Thank you in advance.

Hello cauxi_99,

There is no need for an apostrophe here so the correct form would be:

the work of Cervantes

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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