Pronoun Case

Possessive Case Pronouns

The possessive case pronoun is used to show ownership. While a possessive adjective may modify a noun, a possessive pronoun replaces the adjective and the noun with a single word.

Look at the following example:

Possessive pronouns allow you to reduce repetition and wordiness in your sentences.

Possessive case pronouns include the following:

  1st Person 2nd Person 3rd Person
Singular: mine yours his, hers, its
Plural: ours yours theirs

Unlike subjective and objective case pronouns which can perform only specific functions, possessive case pronouns can be used in both subject and object positions:

The key to identifying possessive case pronouns is remembering that the pronoun has replaced the noun:

My room    »    mine
Her shoes    »    hers
Their reasons    »    theirs

Always use the possessive adjective before a gerund. A gerund is a verbal noun ending in -ing.