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Choose Correct Possessive Pronoun

Possessive Pronouns

Pronouns take the place of nouns. Possessive pronouns take the place of names of someone or something and show possession (ownership).

Possessive pronouns can either come before or after the noun of possession. They make sentences shorter and easier to say.

A List of Possessive Pronouns:

my mine
her hers
your yours
our ours
their theirs
his
its
whose
one's

Notice that the possessive pronoun "one's" is the only possessive pronoun that uses an apostrophe to show possession. We usually use apostrophes whenever showing possession.

For example, "John's watch was very expensive."
To show that the watch belongs to John, we use an apostrophe and "s". However, when using possessive pronouns, you do not need to use apostrophes except for in the word 'one's'.

Rules for Pronouns with Gerunds:
Gerunds are nouns that end in -ing and function as a noun in the sentence.
Because of their function, they might seem a bit confusing. Pronouns that come before gerunds are almost always possessive pronouns.


Examples of possessive pronouns with gerunds:

1. I was annoyed by him arriving late. (Incorrect)
  I was annoyed by his arriving late. (Correct)
2. Them dancing was incredible. (Incorrect)
  Their dancing was incredible. (Correct)
3. Me running ahead bothered him. (Incorrect)
  My running ahead bothered him. (Correct)

Usage of Possessive Pronouns:
Now read about each possessive pronoun in the table below. Notice how they are used in sentences.  

My • 'My' describes something that belongs to me.
• It must be followed by a noun.
She is my favorite aunt.
Mine • 'Mine' describes something that belongs to me.
• It takes the place of the noun it possesses.
That one is mine.
Your • 'Your' describes something that belongs to you.
• It must be followed by a noun.
Which books is on your desk?
Yours • 'Yours' describes something that belongs to you.
• It takes the place of the noun it possesses.
Yours is over there.
Our • 'Our' describes something that belongs to us.
• It must be followed by a noun.
Frank watched our kids while we went shopping.
Ours • 'Ours' describes something that belongs to us.
• It takes the place of the noun it possesses.

Ours is the last house in the lane.

His • 'His' describes something that belongs to a male.
• It may or may not take the place of the noun it possesses.
Robert grabbed his backpack.
Her • 'Her' describes something that belongs to a female.
• It must be followed by a noun.
Her house is big.
Hers • 'Hers' describes something that belongs to a female.
• It takes the place of the noun it possesses.
My bag is good but I like hers.  
Its • 'Its' describes something that belongs to it.
• It must be followed by a noun.
Its walls need to be painted.
Their • 'Their' describes something that belongs to them.
• It must be followed by a noun.
Their brother is nice.
Theirs • 'Theirs' describes something that belongs to them.
• It takes the place of the noun it possesses.
The car is theirs.
Whose • 'Whose' describes something that belongs to an unknown.
• It must be followed by a noun.
Whose pen is this?
One's • 'One's' describes something that belongs to any person.
• It must be followed by a noun.
One's own experiences are always memorable.

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