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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




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,
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.



The LearnEnglish Team

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?

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,


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,

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,


The LearnEnglish Team

Sorry, while referring to "my" and "our" I mistakenly defined them as "possessive pronouns". Actually, they must be referred to as possessive determiners or possessive adjectives.

Can we say "I'm a son of Stark" or do we have to say "I’m a son of Stark’s”? Thanks!