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Possessive Pronouns. Possessive Pronouns . We use possessive pronouns to refer to a specific person/people or thing/things (the "antecedent") belonging to a person/people (and sometimes belonging to an animal/animals or thing/things). We use possessive pronouns depending on:.

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Possessive pronouns1
Possessive Pronouns

  • We use possessive pronouns to refer to a specific person/people or thing/things (the "antecedent") belonging to a person/people (and sometimes belonging to an animal/animals or thing/things).


We use possessive pronouns depending on
We use possessive pronouns depending on:

  • number: singular (eg: mine) or plural (eg: ours)

  • person: 1st person (eg: mine), 2nd person (eg: yours) or 3rd person (eg: his)

  • gender: male (his), female (hers)

    Notice that each possessive pronoun can:

  • be subject or object

  • refer to a singular or plural antecedent



Examples
Examples:

  • Look at these pictures. Mine is the big one. (subject = My picture)

  • I like your flowers. Do you like mine? (object = my flowers)

  • I looked everywhere for your key. I found John's key but I couldn't find yours. (object = your key)

  • My flowers are dying. Yours are lovely. (subject = Your flowers)

  • All the essays were good but his was the best. (subject = his essay)

  • John found his passport but Mary couldn't find hers. (object = her passport)


Examples1
Examples:

  • Here is your car. Ours is over there, where we left it. (subject = Our car)

  • Your photos are good. Ours are terrible. (subject = Our photos)

  • Each couple's books are colour-coded. Yours are red. (subject = Your books)

  • I don't like this family's garden but I like yours. (subject = your garden)

  • These aren't John and Mary's children. Theirs have black hair. (subject = Their children)

  • John and Mary don't like your car. Do you like theirs? (object = their car)