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Explanation of Possessive Pronouns with Examples

Prajakta Patil Oct 26, 2020
A possessive pronoun is a type of pronoun that denotes ownership. This story teaches you how to use them in sentences as well as lists possessive pronouns in French, Spanish, and Italian.

Quick Tip!

When a personal pronoun shows ownership, it has two forms: possessive adjectives and possessive pronouns, the difference between which can be hard to know. So, here's a quick tip: a possessive adjective is followed by the noun that it modifies, whereas the possessive pronoun stands alone.
A pronoun is a part of speech that is used to replace a noun. Common pronouns include he, her, him, I, it, me, she, them, they, us, we, etc. They can be classified into various types such as personal, reflexive, reciprocal, demonstrative, indefinite, relative, interrogative, intensive, and possessive pronouns.
Possessive pronouns are those which are used to show ownership. For example, mine, ours, theirs, etc. Let us learn the various possessive pronouns in English as well as other languages.

USAGE OF POSSESSIVE PRONOUNS IN SENTENCES

There are, in all, 7 possessive pronouns in the English language. These are: mine, yours, his, hers, its, ours, and theirs. Let us see how they are used in sentences.

» This doll is mine, not yours.
» It is his basketball.
» This bone is its share.
» All the neighboring land is ours.
» This property is theirs.
» It must either be his or hers.
» These flowers are mine.
» This car is his.
» The store is not ours anymore.
» It's not mine. It's hers.

POSSESSIVE PRONOUNS IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES


FRENCH POSSESSIVE PRONOUNS

English: mine
Masculine Singular: le mien
Masculine Plural: la mienne
Feminine Singular: les miens
Feminine Plural: les miennes
English: yours
Masculine Singular: le tien
Masculine Plural: la tienne 
Feminine Singular: les tiens
Feminine Plural:  les tiennes

English: his, hers
Masculine Singular: le sien 
Masculine Plural: la sienne 
Feminine Singular: les siens 
Feminine Plural:  les siennes
English: ours
Masculine Singular: le nôtre 
Masculine Plural: la nôtre 
Feminine Singular: les nôtres  
Feminine Plural:  les nôtres

English: yours
Masculine Singular: le vôtre 
Feminine Singular: la vôtre 
Masculine Plural: les vôtres 
Feminine Plural:  les vôtres
English: theirs
Masculine Singular: le leur 
Masculine Plural: la leur 
Feminine Singular: les leurs 
Feminine Plural:  les leurs
SPANISH POSSESSIVE PRONOUNS

English: mine
Masculine Singular: el mío
Masculine Plural: la mía 
Feminine Singular: los míos 
Feminine Plural:  las mías
English: yours 
Masculine Singular: el tuyo 
Masculine Plural: la tuya 
Feminine Singular: los tuyos 
Feminine Plural: las tuyas

English: his, hers, yours
Masculine Singular: el suyo
Masculine Plural: la suya
Feminine Singular: los suyos
Feminine Plural: las suyas
English: ours
Masculine Singular: el nuestro
Masculine Plural: la nuestra
Feminine Singular: los nuestros
Feminine Plural: las nuestras

English: yours
Masculine Singular: el vuestro
Masculine Plural: la vuestra
Feminine Singular: los vuestros
Feminine Plural: las vuestras
English: theirs, yours
Masculine Singular: el suyo
Masculine Plural: la suya
Feminine Singular: los suyos
Feminine Plural: las suyas
ITALIAN POSSESSIVE PRONOUNS

English: mine
Masculine Singular: il mio
Masculine Plural: la mia
Feminine Singular: i miei
Feminine Plural: le mie

English: yours
Masculine Singular: il tuo 
Masculine Plural: la tua 
Feminine Singular: i tuoi 
Feminine Plural: le tue
English: his, hers
Masculine Singular: il suo
Masculine Plural: la sua
Feminine Singular: i suoi
Feminine Plural: le sue

English: ours

Masculine Singular: il nostro
Masculine Plural: la nostra
Feminine Singular: i nostri
Feminine Plural: le nostre
English: yours
Masculine Singular: il vostro
Masculine Plural: la vostra
Feminine Singular: i vostri
Feminine Plural: le vostre

English: theirs
Masculine Singular: il loro
Masculine Plural: la loro
Feminine Singular: i loro
Feminine Plural: le loro
Learning the difference between possessive pronouns and possessive adjectives can be a little difficult due to the similarity between the two. The numerous worksheets available on the Internet can, thus, be used for practice.