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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Hello MoHa-Mo,

After prepositions (such as 'for'), the object form of pronouns is used. So, in this case, 'me' is the form to use. See the Object pronouns section on our personal pronouns page for more on this.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

But in the above example
Susan is a friend of mine.
but not
Susan is a friend of me??

Hello MoHa-Mo,

Yes, you're right – sorry for the confusion. The example of 'a friend of mine' is an exception to the rule, i.e. in almost all other cases, after the object form of a pronoun is used after a preposition, e.g. 'They talked about him', 'We've not heard anything from her', 'You're looking at me?', etc.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello! Could you tell me what is difference between two questions: 1) Is this coat yours? 2) Is Diana a friend of yours? Why in first question is only coat yours (without of) and in the second is a friend of mine.
Tnank you in advance

Hello kea75,

In 1), 'this coat' and 'yours' are different parts of the sentence structure. 'this coat' is the subject noun phrase and 'yours' is the predicate. In 2), on the other hand, 'a friend of yours' all goes together as one predicate noun phrase. 

When we want to use a possessive adjective with a noun, there can't be a determiner in front of it – for example, we can say 'my coat' but not *'a my coat'. For this reason, the possessive structure 'of + possessive' is used: 'a coat of mine'.

I hope that clarifies it a bit for you.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Her coat is grey

grey-->gray

Hello!

On the last examples :
(a) I am a friend of Susan's.
(b) I am friend of susan.
why (a) is correct and (b) is false؟

B
and a) it could be I am a friend of Susan's brother.

Hello DJEMILWAIL,

I can see why this looks an unusual use, but it is the standard use. As to why, I can only say that the rule grew up through common use, and reflects that.

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

So, which one is correct? The (a) one, right?

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