Possessive Pronouns

Intermediate

What are possessive pronouns?

  • We use possessive pronouns to show ownership.

    • That pen is mine.

    • The books are theirs.

    • Ours is the biggest.

    • His is the best!

How do we use possessive pronouns?

  • Possessive pronouns depend on three things:

    • Number: Are you speaking about one person (singular) or many people? (plural)

    • Person: Who are you speaking to/about? 1st person ( mine/ours), 2nd person ( yours) or 3rd person (his/hers/theirs)

    • Gender: Male (his), female (hers) or neutral (theirs).

NUMBER

PERSON

GENDER

SUBJECT PRONOUN

POSSESSIVE PRONOUN

Singular

1st

2nd

male or female

male or female

I

you

mine

yours

3rd

male

female

neutral

he

she

they

his

hers

theirs

Plural

1st

2nd

3rd

male or female

male or female

male or female

we

you

they

ours

yours

theirs

  • Possessive pronouns can be  subjects.

    • Did you see the paintings? Hers is the ugly one. (Hers = her painting)

    • Lisa’s new car is over there.  Ours is right here. (Ours =our car)

  • Possessive pronouns can be objects:

    • I know you love Mary’s cookies. Do you like mine too? (mine= my cookies)

    • Her sweater is ugly. I like yours better. (yours = your sweater)

Activity

I. Fill in the blanks with the correct possessive pronoun

  • She owns a big house. That house is ______.

  • Did you lose your notebook? That looks like ______ over there.

  • That car belongs to those teenagers down the street. That car is ________.

  • Daniel spent all his money but I am saving ______ for the future.

  • My pen is broken. Can I borrow ______?

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