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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.)


Possessives: pronouns 1


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.)

Possessives: pronouns 2




That's a very short question, but I'm afraid the answer is very long! If you enter the word 'get' into the Cambridge Dictionaries Online box at the right, you will see how many answers there. 7 pages!
As a quick summary, here are eight main ways in which 'get' is used:

  • become - 'get ready'
  • receive - 'get a call'
  • buy / obtain - 'get some food'
  • catch - 'get the train'
  • arrive - 'get there'
  • arrange - 'get a haircut'
  • phrasal verbs - 'get over a problem'
  • other phrases - 'get to know someone'

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi, I have a question about the possessive pronoun of subject "it". I see the possessive adjective is "its" so I wonder if is the same for the possessive pronoun? because I didn't saw it on the site here or it doesn't exist at all?
Thank you all :)

hello roxanastella!
as far as i know,"it" doesn't have prossessive pronoun.

Can I ask a question?
What is the difference between 'a friend of me', 'a friend of mine' and 'my friend'?

hi>>i have 100%

Thanks Erik...:)

I often see people using rong sentence of the excersice... Are they rong gramatically?

 Hi Kainat,
The sentences in the exercise above are grammatically correct. If you're referring to the comments people make on the site, well, not all are grammatically correct. 
But of course, when you write in a foreign language, you're very likely to make mistakes. What's most important is that people can understand you.
The LearnEnglish Team

this lesson is very nice and important but  i think there is a mistake at the last sentence.after the word " yours" , the verb "were" not was

 Hi Donaa

In this sentence, the possessive pronoun refers to the desert (more precisely, your desert). The sentence means: your desert was very nice. So when using the possessive pronoun, it becomes: Yours was very nice.

The verb to be conjugates with the referent - i.e. the thing being referred to.

Consider the following examples:

  • Two parents watching their children playing...

"Look at your children. They are so well behaved."

"No they're not, they're little monsters. Yours are lovely." 

Here, yours refers to a plural noun, so the verb to be = are.

Another example:

  • Two people talking about a car...

"I really want to get a new car."

"Why? Yours is in great condition."

Here, yours refers to a singular noun, so the verb to be = is.

I hope that helps. If I haven't been clear or I somehow misunderstood what you were asking about, please let me know.



The LearnEnglish Team