What Are Possessive Pronouns?
Take a look at the picture below to get a quick idea of examples:
How Do They Relate to Subject Pronouns?
|Subject Pronoun||Possessive Pronoun||Example sentence|
|I||mine||I told you the blue shirt is mine.|
|you||yours||Yours is the one with the red ribbon.|
|he||his||The button-down plaid in green is his.|
|she||hers||Hers is the necklace with the diamond pendant.|
|it||its||The bowl with the cartoon dog is its.|
|we||ours||The minivan parked on the road is ours.|
|they||theirs||The truck sitting in the driveway is theirs.|
When Do You Use Possessive Pronouns?
Like most pronouns, possessive pronouns are used to make sentences more concise and less repetitive. Once a noun is named, you don’t need to continue repeating it when a pronoun can take its place. Check out the examples below:
- Those are my pens in the cup. They are not your pens.
- Those are my pens in the cup. They are not yours.
In this case, yours easily functions in the second sentence as a possessive pronoun replacing your pens.
- I forgot to bring my shoes to the game, so the coach lent me his shoes.
- I forgot to bring my shoes to the game, so the coach lent me his.
This one’s a bit more tricky because it’s the same word - his. In the second sentence, the possessive pronoun his replaces the possessive adjective and direct object (shoes) as his.
Eventually, you’ll learn to see them in every sentence:
- Your dog’s food is stinky, even more than ours.
- My car won’t start and I have to get to work. Can I borrow yours?
- My baby sister destroyed my notebook, so Siobhan gave me some paper from hers.
Don’t get possessive pronouns confused with possessive adjectives. Possessive adjectives (my, your, his, her, its, our, your, their) are determiners in front of a noun to describe to whom something belongs. For example, “That’s my pencil” uses my - a possessive adjective - and appears before the noun pencil, but “That pencil is mine” uses mine - a possessive pronoun - replaces the pencil showing ownership.
|Subject Pronoun||Possessive Pronoun||Possessive Adjective|
Possessive pronouns take the place of nouns - a person, place or thing - and show s possession or ownership. The possessive pronouns come before or after the noun of possession and make the sentence easier and shorter to say or read. While most nouns use an apostrophe to show possession, possessive pronouns do not use an apostrophe to show possession except for the possessive pronoun one's. The lesson by Turtle Diary on possessive pronouns lists the pronouns and shows examples in creative and engaging sentences. The lesson also touches on the grammar rule using the possessive pronoun with gerunds (verbs with "ing" that are used as nouns) and how to use each possessive pronoun. The lesson is easy to understand and uses concrete examples that help children recall how to use possessive pronouns.