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Complete Paragraph with 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. Did you enjoy ours helping with the party? (Incorrect)
  Did you enjoy our helping with the party? (Correct)
2. I admired hers swimming. (Incorrect)
  I admired her swimming. (Correct)
3. You calling was thoughtful. (Incorrect)
  Your calling was thoughtful. (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.
I will bring my lunch.
Mine • 'Mine' describes something that belongs to me.
• It takes the place of the noun it possesses.
This skirt is mine.
Your • 'Your' describes something that belongs to you.
• It must be followed by a noun.
Is this your bag?
Yours • 'Yours' describes something that belongs to you.
• It takes the place of the noun it possesses.
The car is yours.
Our • 'Our' describes something that belongs to us.
• It must be followed by a noun.
We are going to meet our grandparents.
Ours • 'Ours' describes something that belongs to us.
• It takes the place of the noun it possesses.

That computer is ours.

His • 'His' describes something that belongs to a male.
• It may or may not take the place of the noun it possesses.
His singing is fabulous.
Her • 'Her' describes something that belongs to a female.
• It must be followed by a noun.
Her hair is blond.
Hers • 'Hers' describes something that belongs to a female.
• It takes the place of the noun it possesses.
That toy is hers.  
Its • 'Its' describes something that belongs to it.
• It must be followed by a noun.
Its windows are shut.
Their • 'Their' describes something that belongs to them.
• It must be followed by a noun.
Their family is growing.
Theirs • 'Theirs' describes something that belongs to them.
• It takes the place of the noun it possesses.
I think it is theirs.
Whose • 'Whose' describes something that belongs to an unknown.
• It must be followed by a noun.
I know whose idea it could be?
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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