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Find 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.  Them laughing at him was inappropriate. (Incorrect)
  Their laughing at him was inappropriate. (Correct)
2. I couldn't take him complaining anymore.  (Incorrect)
  I couldn't take his complaining anymore. (Correct)
3. Please do your chores without me asking you. (Incorrect)
  Please do your chores without my asking you. (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.
Where is my notebook?
Mine • 'Mine' describes something that belongs to me.
• It takes the place of the noun it possesses.
Which classroom is mine?
Your • 'Your' describes something that belongs to you.
• It must be followed by a noun.
I used your recipe.
Yours • 'Yours' describes something that belongs to you.
• It takes the place of the noun it possesses.
The kids are yours.
Our • 'Our' describes something that belongs to us.
• It must be followed by a noun.
The tree is in our front yard.
Ours • 'Ours' describes something that belongs to us.
• It takes the place of the noun it possesses.
Which one is ours?
His • 'His' describes something that belongs to a male.
• It may or may not take the place of the noun it possesses.
That is his show.
Her • 'Her' describes something that belongs to a female.
• It must be followed by a noun.
Her hair is getting long.
Hers • 'Hers' describes something that belongs to a female.
• It takes the place of the noun it possesses.
Hers is the best.
Its • 'Its' describes something that belongs to it.
• It must be followed by a noun.
Its tire needs to be changed.
Their • 'Their' describes something that belongs to them.
• It must be followed by a noun.
Which one is their house?
Theirs • 'Theirs' describes something that belongs to them.
• It takes the place of the noun it possesses.
The money is theirs.
Whose • 'Whose' describes something that belongs to an unknown.
• It must be followed by a noun.
I don't know whose it used to be.
One's • 'One's' describes something that belongs to any person.
• It must be followed by a noun.
It is important to always cover one's body in sunblock before being exposed to intense sunlight.


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