Possessive pronouns

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You will probably have noticed that the possessive pronouns have two forms - my, mine, your, yours etc.

The forms my, our, your, his, her and their are actually possessive adjectives, not pronouns. They are used before a noun.

The forms mine, ours, hers, theirs, yours are generally used after a noun.

Uses of possessive pronouns

Possessive pronouns mine, ours, hers, theirs and yours can be used as the subject of a sentence. Note that possessive adjectives cannot be used like this. To be used as part of the subject, a possessive adjective has to be followed by a noun. Possessive pronouns, on the other hand, can stand alone.

A possessive pronoun can be used as the object of a verb.

A possessive pronoun can be used as the object of a preposition.

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