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Possessives: pronouns

Subject Object Possessive adjective Possessive pronoun
I me  my mine
you you your yours
he him  his his
she her  her hers
it it its
we us  our ours
they them  their theirs

Be careful!
Possessive pronouns do not have an apostrophe:

Is that car yours/hers/ours/theirs?
(NOT Is that car your’s/her’s/our’s/their’s?)

We can use a possessive pronoun instead of a full noun phrase to avoid repeating words:

Is that John’s car?
No, it’s mine.
 (NOT No, it’s [my car].)

Whose coat is this?
Is it yours? (NOT Is it [your coat]?)

Her coat is grey.
Mine is brown. (NOT [My coat] is brown.)

We can use possessive pronouns and nouns after of. We can say:

Susan is one of my friends. > Susan is a friend of mine.
(NOT Susan is a friend of me.)

I am one of Susan’s friends. > I am a friend of Susan’s.
(NOT I am a friend of Susan.)

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