Possessive Pronouns

Possessive Pronouns/Adjectives Explanation

Possessive pronouns are most often used as adjectives; they are put before nouns. Therefore, we call these pronouns as possessive adjectives. Let's see the following examples.
  • my car
  • your girlfriend
  • her house
  • his hair
  • our school
  • their books
  • its color

Subjective, Possessive Pronouns And Possessive Adjectives

To see the relation between the possessive pronouns with the nominative / subjective pronouns, you can see the table below.

 Subjective / Nominative Pronouns  Possessive Adjectives  Possessive Pronouns

Possessive Adjectives Followed By Singular And Plural Nouns

Possessive Pronouns can be followed by singular nouns, plural nouns, or uncountable nouns. Let's see the following examples.
  • my car   ( singular nouns )
  • your blogs ( plural nouns )
  • their sugar ( uncountable nouns )

Possessive Adjectives In Sentences

Let's see the possessive pronouns in sentences.
  1. I have a comfortable car. You can borrow my car if you want to.
  2. Have you found your lost keys?
  3. I like her hair. It's beautiful.
  4. His wife left him because he's so cruel.
  5. We walk to school because our school is not far from our house.
  6. Their website can make million of dollars.
  7. The dog wags its tail when its master call its name.

Possessive Pronouns In Sentences

Possessive pronouns always stand alone. They are not followed by nouns. Let's see the following examples.
  1. Your phone isn't working. You can use mine for now.
  2. I have you finished my work. Have you finished yours?
  3. Your hair is short. Hers is long.
  4. My brother and I have similar cars. This is mine and that's his.
  5. Their plan didn't work out and ours didn't either.
  6. We love our country and they love theirs.

Exercise I

In this exercise you have to fill in the blanks with the subjective pronouns or possessive adjectives.

  1. "Can I borrow ... newspapers for a moment?" "Certainly."
  2. I really like that girl. ...'s so beautiful.
  3. "What's ... age?" "I'm nineteen years old."
  4. Beware of that snake. ... venom is so deadly.
  5. Jack finished ... work early.

Exercise II

In this exercise you have to choose the word in the bracket to complete the sentences.
  1. Don't use that cup. It's .... ( my, mine )
  2. I like ( your, yours ) car.
  3. John has found his pen but Jane hasn't found ( her, hers ).
  4. They have betrayed their countries but we will never betrayed ( our, ours ).
  5. Don and I will defend our team whereas John and George will defend ( their, theirs ).

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