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Identify Correct 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.  Jill excused him staying so long. (Incorrect)
  Jill excused his staying so long. (Correct)
2. Sam prevented us returning again. (Incorrect)
  Sam prevented our returning again. (Correct)
3. I thought that was you singing that scared the dog away. (Incorrect)
  I thought that was your singing that scared the dog away. (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.
My favorite subject is math.
Mine • 'Mine' describes something that belongs to me.
• It takes the place of the noun it possesses.
That desk is mine.
Your • 'Your' describes something that belongs to you.
• It must be followed by a noun.
Did you finish your homework?
Yours • 'Yours' describes something that belongs to you.
• It takes the place of the noun it possesses.
Are you sure this is yours?
Our • 'Our' describes something that belongs to us.
• It must be followed by a noun.
Our lunches are packed for the beach.
Ours • 'Ours' describes something that belongs to us.
• It takes the place of the noun it possesses.
That lunch is ours.
His • 'His' describes something that belongs to a male.
• It may or may not take the place of the noun it possesses.
Let's go to his house.
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.
The notebook is hers.
Its • 'Its' describes something that belongs to it.
• It must be followed by a noun.
That necklace has lost its shine.
Their • 'Their' describes something that belongs to them.
• It must be followed by a noun.
Their shoes are under the table.
Theirs • 'Theirs' describes something that belongs to them.
• It takes the place of the noun it possesses.
Theirs is the biggest house in town.
Whose • 'Whose' describes something that belongs to an unknown.
• It must be followed by a noun.
Whose phone is ringing?
One's • 'One's' describes something that belongs to any person.
• It must be followed by a noun.
One's opinion is welcome here

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