Possessive Pronouns

Possessive Pronouns :

The Genitive forms (my, thy, his, her, its, our, your, their and when) used attributively before Nouns are now classed as Possessive Adjectives.

Examples in sentences :

1. My Book is with you only.
2. Thy Word is gold for us.
3. His Horse is sold out last year.
4. Her Dress is very very costly.
5. Its Name is very hard for pronunciation.
6. Our House is at a far off place.
7. Your Coat was bought in that store.
8. Their Wedding-reception will be held after third of this month.
9. My favorite colour is blue.
10. Your holiday was cancelled.
11. She ate his food by mistake.
12. We are using your car for the last ten days.

The alternative Genitive forms (mine, thine, hers, ours, yours and theirs) used attributively before Nouns are now classed as Possessive Pronouns.

Examples in sentences :

1. The book is mine.
2. My horse and your horse are both tired.
3. That house is theirs.
4. That horse of yours is tired.
5. What you have taken with you is ours.
6. This bike is mine.
7. The tickets he took were actually ours.
8. The exam results are hers.
9. The car we are using for the last ten days is yours.

HIS is used both as a Possessive Adjective and as a Possessive Pronoun.

His book. This is his.

1. We have his pencil. This pencil is his.
2. You have his pen. This pen that you have is his.

ITS is used only as a Possessive Adjective.

We cannot say….This is its.

Hers, ours, yours, theirs, are in fact double Genitives, their being one sign of the Genitive and the S another.

1. My best regards to you and yours.
2. I am yours faithfully.
3. Theirs not to reason why, theirs but to do and die. (Tennyson.)

Pronouns of Possessive nature are widely used to replace the noun in the sentence.

Possessive adjectives are widely used to describe the noun in the sentence.

Notice that there are some forms of the possessive adjective and possessive pronoun which are the same (his, its). So, one has to look at how they are used in the sentence.

Both forms, Adjectives and Pronouns, are used to describe ownership. You have to make your preferences whether or not to use a pronoun or an adjective in a sentence. At the same time, one must be careful to make sure one has the right construction!


  1. The Pronoun
  2. Pronouns
  3. Kinds of Pronouns
  4. Personal Pronouns
  5. Possessive Adjectives and Possessive Pronouns
  6. Possessive Adjectives
  7. Reflexive Personal Pronouns
  8. Self-Pronouns
  9. Emphasizing Pronouns
  10. Uses of Reflexive Forms (Uses of Reflexive Pronouns)
  11. Demonstrative Pronouns
  12. Forms of Demonstrative Pronouns
  13. Antecedent Noun
  14. Indefinite Demonstrative Pronouns
  15. Conjunctive Pronouns
  16. Relative Pronouns
  17. The two uses of WHO and WHICH
  18. Uses of The Relative Pronouns
  19. Restrictive uses of WHO and WHICH
  20. Continuative uses of WHO and WHICH
  21. Omission of Relative Pronoun
  22. Where to omit Relative Pronoun?
  23. Interrogative Pronouns
  24. Forms of Interrogatives Pronouns
  25. Exclamatory Pronouns
  26. Parsing Models for Nouns
  27. Parsing Models for Adjectives
  28. Parsing Models for Pronouns
  29. Sentences with Pronouns

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