Possessive pronoun are majorly used in order to refer to a specific person/people or it can also refer to thing or things which belongs to a person/people and at times even to animal/animals or even thing or things. The use of possessive pronouns can depend on:
- Number (singular or plural)
- Person (1sr person, 2nd person or 3rd person)
- Gender (male or female)
Let us take a look at some of them along with some examples. Remember that each possessive pronoun can be a subject or an object. It can also refer to a singular or plural antecedent.
- Look at the house. Mine is the bigger one.
In this sentence, the subject is ‘my house’.
- I like your dress. Do you like mine?
In this sentence, the object is ‘my dress’.
- She looked everywhere for your watch. She found hers but she couldn’t find yours.
In this sentence, the subject is ‘your watch.’
- All the drawings were good but hers was the best.
In this sentence, the subject is ‘her drawing’.
- Kevin found his debit card but Halem couldn’t find hers.
In this sentence, the object is ‘her card’.
Remember that interrogative pronoun ‘whose’ can also be considered a possessive pronoun which can be called as an interrogative possessive pronoun.
Let us understand this with the help of some examples:
- There were 10 chocolates on the table and I wondered whose it was.
- The house has been abandoned for months now. Whose house is it?
Complete the following exercise on a paper or on a book and keep it for your future reference.
- The use of ______ pronouns can depend upon number, person and gender. (interrogative, possessive, demonstrative)
- Interrogative pronoun ‘whose’ can be considered as a possessive pronoun. (True/False)
- Each possessive pronoun can be a subject or an object. (True/False)