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Possessive Pronoun with Gerund

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.  She coming to us was the right thing to do. (Incorrect)
  Her coming to us was the right thing to do. (Correct)
2. Mine paying off the debt took forever. (Incorrect)
  My paying off the debt took forever. (Correct)
3. Us running into one another is a coincidence. (Incorrect)
  Our running into one another is a coincidence. (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.
Is this my bottle of water?
Mine • 'Mine' describes something that belongs to me.
• It takes the place of the noun it possesses.
That purse is mine.
Your • 'Your' describes something that belongs to you.
• It must be followed by a noun.
Is this your umbrella?
Yours • 'Yours' describes something that belongs to you.
• It takes the place of the noun it possesses.
Are those shoes yours or Shelly's?
Our • 'Our' describes something that belongs to us.
• It must be followed by a noun.
Is that our dog barking?
Ours • 'Ours' describes something that belongs to us.
• It takes the place of the noun it possesses.
That game 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 boat is old.
Her • 'Her' describes something that belongs to a female.
• It must be followed by a noun.
I want to see her dress.
Hers • 'Hers' describes something that belongs to a female.
• It takes the place of the noun it possesses.
The only project left was hers.
Its • 'Its' describes something that belongs to it.
• It must be followed by a noun.
Look at its hat.
Their • 'Their' describes something that belongs to them.
• It must be followed by a noun.
Is that their house?
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 name did she call?
One's • 'One's' describes something that belongs to any person.
• It must be followed by a noun.
There are many events in one's life.

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