Possessive Pronouns with Examples

Possessive Pronouns with Examples

Possessive pronouns indicate ownership (possession) of something, and like other pronouns, function simply the replacement team for nouns or noun phrases that run the risk of sounding repetitive.

The possessive pronouns in the English language are mine, yours, his, hers, ours, and theirs. Possessive pronouns help us show possession in a sentence, and are used quite frequently, as the following examples show:

There are two types of possessive pronouns:

Strong (or absolute) possessive pronouns refer back to a noun or noun phrase already used, replacing it to avoid repetition. These pronouns are mine, yours, his, hers, its, ours, yours, and theirs. For example: "I said that bicycle was mine."

Weak possessive pronouns (or possessive adjectives) function as determiners in front of a noun to describe who something belongs to. These pronouns are my, your, his, her, its, our, your, and their. For example: "I said that's my bicycle."

Possessive pronouns help us to be more concise when explaining an idea. The fewer words you use, the better the listener or reader will follow what you are trying to communicate. Consider the following examples:

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