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