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Possessives: pronouns

Level: beginner

Subject Object Possessive adjective Possessive pronoun
I me  my mine
you you your yours
he him  his his
she her  her hers
it it its -
we us  our ours
they them  their theirs


Be careful!

Possessive pronouns do not have an apostrophe:

Is that car yours/hers/ours/theirs?
(NOT Is that car your's/her's/our's/their's?)

We can use a possessive pronoun instead of a full noun phrase to avoid repeating words:

Is that John's car?
     No, it's mine.
 (NOT No, it's [my car].)

Whose coat is this?
     Is it yours? (NOT Is it [your coat]?)

Her coat is grey.
     Mine is brown. (NOT [My coat] is brown.)


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Level: intermediate

We can use possessive pronouns and nouns after of. We can say:

Susan is one of my friends. > Susan is a friend of mine.
(NOT Susan is a friend of me.)

I am one of Susan's friends. > I am a friend of Susan's.
(NOT I am a friend of Susan.)

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I am very happy , thank you so much . Olessya

Some people would argue that "a friend of Susan's" is ungrammatical and that "a friend of Susan" is in fact the correct form, given that the "of" denotes possession. See Simon Heffer's book ​Strictly English​ (pp.41-2), for example.

Interesting comment! I take your and Simon Heffer's point, but using 'of' with a possessive form is fairly standard usage. As a teacher of English as a foreign language, I'm happy for my students to use it and would only point out to them that some people consider it ungrammatical if they were going to be writing in an environment where they might be criticised for this - and such environments are very rare.
Using 'of' with a possessive does not give rise to any ambiguity or impede communication, so this rule is mostly an appeal to consistency and I personally feel that English has so many illogicalities that trying to remove them one at a time is like painting the Forth Bridge with a toothbrush.
As I'm sure you know, there are many types of grammar, such as descriptive, pedagogical and prescriptive. Simon Heffer wrote an unashamed prescriptive grammar, which has rather different aims from the grammar on this site. Heffer believes in a particular and uncommon way to write English and is trying to encourage others to follow it. That is not what the grammar here (written by Dave Willis, an renowned expert in teaching English) is for.
I hesitate to criticise Heffer, since he is a far better writer than I can ever hope to be, but I tend to agree with reviewers of 'Strictly English' like David Crystal and Geoff Pullum that many of his rules are somewhat archaic and unrealistic about English in the 21st century.
Anyway, thanks for raising this - it was interesting to think about.
Best wishes - and happy new year!
The LearnEnglish Team

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hi everyone. nice exercise.

it's very easy
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too easy:PP

hi would you please let me know the uses of get.