Often confused with possessive adjectives, possessive pronouns are designed to express ownership without repeating the noun. They are a common part of English grammar and can help enhance one’s vocabulary. I made some possessive pronoun exercises to show you specific situations on when and how to use them.
What Are Possessive Pronouns?
Possessive pronouns are pronouns used to express ownership. In English grammar, there are eight possessive pronouns: mine, yours, his, hers, its, theirs (which can be used for singular and plural), ours, yours, and theirs.
As opposed to possessive adjectives, which always go before a noun, possessive pronouns are used to replace the noun and have a standalone structure. For example:
- Possessive adjective: Your dog kept me up all night.
- Possessive pronoun: There’s a red car parked outside. Is it yours?