Possessive Pronouns are used to show possession and belonging and ownership in the English language. They substitute a noun phrase and prevent repetition.

Possessive Pronouns:

Possessive pronouns are used in English to avoid repeating information that is already obvious. In general it makes the sentence less puzzling because the same information is not being repeated (avoiding redundancy).
  • This skirt is my skirt, not your skirt. (Sounds repetitive and stupidly long)
  • This skirt is mine, not yours. (Mine and yours are possessive pronouns)In the sentence, mine is a possessive pronoun that replaces my skirt.
    In the sentence, yours is a possessive pronoun that replaces your skirt.
Possessive Pronouns tell who owns something. None of the possessive pronouns are spelled with an apostrophe. Mine, yours, his, hers, its, ours, theirs are the possessive pronouns used to substitute a noun and to show possession or ownership.

They can be: in front of a noun without being followed by a noun: my/mine your/yours his/his her/hers its/its our/ours their/theirs.


  • We employ possessive pronouns to refer to a precise person/people or thing/things ,(the “antecedent”) belonging to a person/people.
  • We make use of possessive pronouns depending on:

number: singular (mine) or plural (ours/theirs)
person: 1st person (mine), 2nd person (yours) or 3rd person (his/hers/its)
gender: male (his), female (hers)

  • Do not use possessive pronouns with nouns or noun phrases:

Wrong: Have you met mine employer?
Right: Have you met my employer?