Possessive Pronouns

Possessive pronouns are pronouns that refer to possession and belonging:

My pencils are in my bag.

Their taxi is arriving.

Our kitchen is yellow.

They can be possessive adjectives: my, your, his, her, its, our, their. They are used with a noun.

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possessive pronouns: mine, yours, his, hers, its, ours, theirs. They are used only without a noun.

This is my coat. This coat is mine.

That is your car. That car is yours.

It is his photo. The photo is his.

That’s her shirt. The shirt is hers.

They are our shoes. The shoes are ours.

These are your books. The books are yours.

It is their dog. The dog is theirs.

 

Exercise

I Express possession with a possessive adjective:

  1. I have a packet of peanuts. It’s on the table. (My packet of peanuts is on the table)
  2. She’s got parents. They live in the country.
  3. I have friends. They love flowers.
  4. We’ve got crayons. They’re different.
  5. You have a father. You must ask him first.
  6. They are wearing sweaters. They may take them off.

II Change the sentences so that they contain possessive pronouns:

  1. This is my letter. (The letter is mine)
  2. Those are our teachers.
  3. These are their balls.
  4. This is my breakfast.
  5. That is her blouse.
  6. That is your friend.
  7. These are our marks.

Answer key:

I 2.Her parents live in the country. 3.My friends love flowers. 4.Our crayons are different. 5.You must ask your father first. 6.They may take their sweaters off.

II 2.Those teachers are ours. 3.These balls are theirs. 4.This breakfast is mine. 5.That blouse is hers. 6. That friend is yours. 7.These marks are ours.

 

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