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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 is able to 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 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

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.)