Possessive Pronouns

Possessive pronouns are words that show who something belongs to. Since they are pronouns, they take the place of a noun.

Possessive pronouns include the words: mine, yours, his, hers, ours, and theirs.

For example:
  • I do not like my umbrella. I like hers!
Here, the word "hers" replaces "her umbrella" and it makes the sentence sound much better.

We also use possessive pronouns to answer questions that begin with the word "whose" that ask who owns something. Whose is also an example of a possessive pronoun!

For example:
  • Question: Whose cell phone is that?
    Answer: It is mine.
  • Question: This is not my backpack! Whose is it?
    Answer: It is ours.
  • Question: Whose idea was it?
    Answer: It was his.

Remember that the possessive adjective "my" comes before a noun, while the possessive pronoun "mine" replaces the noun. Compare these two options:
  • That is her cat. (possessive adjective)
  • That cat is hers. (possessive pronoun)

Visit the full article on possessive pronouns for a complete explanation of how to use them.