The possessive pronoun is the possessive form of the personal pronoun, which we use in a sentence in place of a noun to express possession. A possessive pronoun is able to stand on its own as a subject or an object and is not followed by a noun.
Possessive pronoun examples:
- This puppy is mine. That kitten is yours.
- The kennel is its.
- He claimed that the money on the floor was his.
- The blonde hair on your shirt must be hers.
- Your newborn baby is much bigger than ours.
- I think the old grandmother who wandered into our house is theirs.
Possessive pronouns are used either as subject or object
- Yours has weeds all over. (Subject)
- His is black but hers is white. (Subject)
- Your dog has bitten mine on the stomach. (Object)
- She likes theirs but dislikes ours. (Object)
An apostrophe is not used with a possessive pronoun that expresses ownership
- This slice of pizza is yours.
(Not: This slice of pizza is your's.)
- She told us not to touch it as it was hers.
(Not: She told us not to touch it as it was her's.)