The possessive pronouns are the possessive forms of personal pronouns. We use the personal pronouns in the possessive case to express possession. A possessive pronoun is able to stand on its own as subject, object, etc.
Possessive pronouns examples:
- This puppy is mine. That kitten is yours.
- I think the puppy that wandered into our house is theirs.
- Your newborn baby is much bigger than ours.
Possessive pronouns can be used as either subject or object:
- Yours has weeds all over. (Subject)
- Your dog has bitten mine on the stomach. (Object)
We do not insert an apostrophe in possessive pronouns (especially, yours, his, hers, its, ours, theirs) that express ownership.
- This slice of pizza is yours. (Not: This slice of pizza is your’s.)
- It is licking its paw. (Not: It is licking it’s paw.)
- Whose footprints are these? (Not: Who’s footprints are these?)