1. Possessive pronouns
2. Which possessive pronoun should we use?
To use a possessive pronoun we will have as a reference the personal pronoun to which the possessor corresponds.
|Personal pronoun||Possessive pronoun||Examples|
|I||Mine||This computer is mine.|
|You||Yours||The sandwiches are yours.|
|He||His||The camera is his.|
|She||Hers||All these shoes are hers.|
|It||Its1||These toys are its.|
|We||Ours||These pictures are ours.|
|You||Yours||Is this car yours?|
|They||Theirs||The present is theirs.|
1The pronoun its is rarely used.
3. Characteristics of possessive pronouns
- Possessive pronouns vary according to the possessor and not according to the possession:
Mary-jo has a dog. The dog is hers.Peter has a cat. The cat is his.
- Possessive pronouns do not precede a noun:I have a pencil. This is my pencil.I have a pen. This pen is mine.Yo tengo un boli. Este boli es mio.
- Possessive pronouns are used as the subject of a sentence to avoid unnecessary repeating of information:
This is my book. Yours is there.I like this car, but theirs is amazing.
To designate one or more people from a group, we can use the following structure:
In English we never put an article before a possessive pronoun: