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 can 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.
(garden) has weeds all over. (Subject)
(car) is black but
hers (car) is white.(Subject)
- Your dog has bitten mine (dog) on the stomach. (Object)
- She likes theirs (parents) but dislikes ours (parents). (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.)