“THIS (demonstrative pronoun) is OURS (possessive pronoun),” Dipper told Mabel while pointing his flashlight at a note on the floor.

“THIS (demonstrative pronoun) is OURS (possessive pronoun),” Dipper told Mabel while pointing his flashlight at a note on the floor.

Possessive Pronouns

We use possessive pronouns to refer to a specific person/people or thing/things that belong to a person/people. The key is that possessive pronouns replace nouns. They are different from possessive adjectives (my, your, his, her, its, our, their), which modify nouns.

Here’s a helpful chart of possessive pronouns from EnglishClub:

Here are some example sentences that go with the possessive pronouns above. (Remember: possessive pronouns replace nouns.)

  • Your books are very clean. Mine are dirty. (Mine = my books)
  • No offense, but my dog is smarter than yours. (Yours = your dog.)
  • Peter and his aunt both wrote stories. His is better than hers. (His = Peter’s story; hers = his aunt’s story)
  • Nan liked her sandwich, but Henry didn’t enjoy his. (His = his sandwich)
  • Their hotel room is on the first floor; where is ours? (Ours = our hotel room)
  • Don’t be mad that our team beat yours 49–7. (Yours = your team)
  • Our answers are right; theirs are wrong. (Theirs = their answers)

It’s important to point out that not a single one of the possessive pronouns uses an apostrophe.


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There is one pronoun missing from the above list: whose. Although whose is usually used in asking questions, it can also function as a possessive pronoun:

  • Henry and Peter found a brand new copy of Final Fantasy X on the floor and wondered whose it was.
  • I love that voice! Whose is it?