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

Hello

Is it entirely wrong to say: No/yes, it is my coat. and only No/yes, it is mine is correct. Or possessive is a better option.
Actually I as a learner use the noun phrase but maybe as quoted above it doesn't sound natural. Please guide me.

thanks in advance

Hi pencil,

Both are correct. One or the other might be more natural -- it really depends on the context and how much emphasis (if any) you want to make as the speaker.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Sir
Would you mind telling me which of the following sentences is correct and why?
(a). My house is bigger than yours.
(b). My house is bigger than that of yours.
I thought both were correct, but one of friends confronted me saying that in such cases as this 'yours' should be preceded by 'that/those of'.
My question is who is right - me or my friend?

Hello Prap,

Sentence A is correct. Possessive pronouns like 'yours' are preceded by 'of' when they qualify a noun (e.g. 'a friend of yours'), but that is not the case here.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Your smile "makes" or "make" which is correct and why?

Hello Dev.D,

The correct answer is 'makes' because 'smile' is a singular count noun. If it were plural then we would use a plural verb:

You smile makes me happy.

Their smiles make me happy.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello,
I have a question. Is it
"Susan is one of my friends." Or
"Susan is one of my friend." Which one is correct and please explain me why?
Thanks.

Hello Jake_vera,

The plural form 'friends' is needed because when you say 'one of...' you must be referring to a group of more than just one person.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello The LearnEnglish Team,
Could you help, please, and give a piece of advice on which possessive pronoun to use before the noun "family" in the sentence given below, provided that the writer is a child (not a parent having his/her own family) and there is not any preceding context. Could there be "my" instead of "our"? Some say there must be ONLY "our" (not "my") as a child can't have his/her own family:
"All the members of our family get together in the living room every evening."
It seems to me "our" would be a great choice if there was some information (or any) about siblings or at least about parents. Am I right?
Many thanks for your help.
Best regards,
Yuriy.

Hello Yuriy,

Both 'my' and 'our' are possible even if the child who is speaking has no brothers or sisters. It is enough that the family contains more than just the speaker for 'our' to be possible. After all, the family 'belongs' to the mother and father as much as the child or children. There is no need for any earlier explanation as a family by definition cannot be just one person. Thus, it would be perfectly fine to say this:

Our family is small - just my mother and myself - but we always meet and have Christmas dinner together.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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