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Possessive Pronouns

Possessive pronouns are sometimes called possessive adjectives. No matter what you call them, their use is clear and simple. Just like reflexive pronouns, possessive pronouns have personal pronoun counterparts. Look at this table of pronouns to see the relationship:

SubjectObjectPossessive 1Possessive 2

There is a difference in the use of the possessive pronouns 1 and 2. The possessive pronoun 1 always stands before a noun and modifies it. The possessive pronoun 2 replaces a possessive pronoun 1 and a noun, when the noun is understood. Look at these examples:

My gift is unusual.Which gift is mine? (my gift)
Is this your brother?The seat on the right will be yours. (your seat)
Our friends live here.These two dogs are ours. (our dogs)
His aunt is a doctor.His is a doctor. (his aunt)
Her dress is very nice.Hers is very nice. (her dress)

Possessive pronouns tell to whom or to what something belongs.

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