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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 pronouns 

Singular

Plural

mine

ours

yours

yours

its

theirs

his

theirs

hers

theirs

 

 

 

 Possessive pronoun examples:

 

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.

Examples:

  • Yours

     (garden) has weeds all over. (Subject)

  • His 

    (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.

Examples:

  • 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.)