Explanation of Possessive Pronouns With Very Concise Examples

Explanation of Possessive Pronouns with Examples
A possessive pronoun is a type of pronoun that denotes ownership. Penlighten teaches you how to use them in sentences as well as lists possessive pronouns in French, Spanish, and Italian.
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Last Updated: Mar 9, 2018
Quick Tip!
When a personal pronoun shows ownership, it has two forms: possessive adjectives and possessive pronouns, the difference between which can be hard to know. So, here's a quick tip: a possessive adjective is followed by the noun that it modifies, whereas the possessive pronoun stands alone.
A pronoun is a part of speech that is used to replace a noun. Common pronouns include he, her, him, I, it, me, she, them, they, us, we, etc. They can be classified into various types such as personal, reflexive, reciprocal, demonstrative, indefinite, relative, interrogative, intensive, and possessive pronouns. Possessive pronouns are those which are used to show ownership. For example, mine, ours, theirs, etc. Let us learn the various possessive pronouns in English as well as other languages.
There are, in all, 7 possessive pronouns in the English language. These are: mine, yours, his, hers, its, ours, and theirs. Let us see how they are used in sentences.

» This doll is mine, not yours.
» It is his basketball.
» This bone is its share.
» All the neighboring land is ours.
» This property is theirs.
» It must either be his or hers.
» These flowers are mine.
» This car is his.
» The store is not ours anymore.
» It's not mine. It's hers.
Possessive Pronouns in English
English Masculine Singular Masculine Plural Feminine Singular Feminine Plural
mine le mien la mienne les miens les miennes
yours le tien la tienne les tiens les tiennes
his, hers le sien la sienne les siens les siennes
ours le nôtre la nôtre les nôtres les nôtres
yours le vôtre la vôtre les vôtres les vôtres
theirs le leur la leur les leurs les leurs
mine el mío la mía los míos las mías
yours el tuyo la tuya los tuyos las tuyas
his, hers, yours el suyo la suya los suyos las suyas
ours el nuestro la nuestra los nuestros las nuestras
yours el vuestro la vuestra los vuestros las vuestras
theirs, yours el suyo la suya los suyos las suyas
mine il mio la mia i miei le mie
yours il tuo la tua i tuoi le tue
his, hers il suo la sua i suoi le sue
ours il nostro la nostra i nostri le nostre
yours il vostro la vostra i vostri le vostre
theirs il loro la loro i loro le loro
Learning the difference between possessive pronouns and possessive adjectives can be a little difficult due to the similarity between the two. The numerous worksheets available on the Internet can, thus, be used for practice.
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