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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




Please help me with the following .
He says his surname is Smith . What is your surname .
In the above sentence his surname and your surname , which word is the possessive adjective and possessive pronoun.
Thank you

Hi sumanasc,

Both 'your' and 'his' in these sentences are possessive adjectives.

Possessive pronouns are used to replace a noun phrase. For example:

This is my car. [possessive adjective + noun]

This is mine. [possessive pronoun]

Is this your book? No, it's his book. [possessive adjectives + nouns]

Is this yours? No, it's his. [possessive pronouns]


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

I have a question, I was faced with an exercise where I had to rewrite a couple of things, so as to avoid repeting nouns:
A: Is this your book?
B: It is your book. My book is in my bag.

I'd really like to know if what follows, could be a possible answer:
A: Is this your book?
B: No, it isn't. Mine is in my bag.

Thank you!!

Hello Erica,

Yes, that works. You could also say 'No, it's yours. Mine is in the bag'.

By the way, it can take us some time to answer comments. Please be patient -- we will answer as soon as we can.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

thank you
Mr. peter

Hi, Can we use apostrophe with pronouns like them, you. I want to know is it correct to say ''All of them's cars were parked outside'' ?. Thanks

Hi Zayed Haq,

No, those are not correct forms. The correct form is the possessive adjective:

All of their cars were parked outside'.'


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks, could you explain whether these two sentences have the same meaning or not.

1) ''All of their cars were parked outside.''
2) ''Everyone's car was parked outside''.

Can we use ''All of their'' instead of ''Everyone's''? Kindly make clear.

Hello Zayed Haq,

In most contexts the meanings of these sentences is the same, yes. 'All of their' may refer to a particular group, of course, rather than describing everyone, but this will depend on the context.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you so much..