Possessive Pronouns

We use possessive pronouns to show ownership or possession. They can also substitute noun phrases and are usually located at the end of the clause or sentence.


* Note: Possessive pronouns cannot contain apostrophes (‘) So you can say:

This seat is hers.

(not: This seat is her’s.)

Its wheel fell off.

(not: It’s wheel fell off.)


* Note: We often use different variations of possessive pronouns in order to sound less repetitive.

This is my laptop, not your laptop. (sounds repetitive)

This laptop is mine not yours.


* Note: We often use possessive in the same sentence as Subject Pronouns and Object Pronouns.

He sold his house last week.

She broke her arm.

The following tables show the object pronouns we use in English and their corresponding Subject Pronouns:

Singular

Subject Pronoun

Posssessive Pronoun

I

my

you

your

he

his

she

her

it

its

Plural

Subject Pronoun

Possessive Pronoun

we

our

you

your

they

their


* Note: There are also possessive adjectives (mine, yours, hers, ours, theirs).

So, you can say:

It is my car.

The car is mine.

For Possessive Pronoun exercises go to:

Possessive Pronouns