Pronouns: possessive pronouns

Subject Possessive adjective Possessive pronoun
I my mine
you your yours
he his his
she her hers
it its its
we our ours
they their theirs

As the name indicates, possessive pronouns show possession. In contrast to possessive adjectives (my, your, his, etc.), possessive pronouns can replace nouns. They are not usually followed by another word (its is a common exception) and they usually come at the end of the sentence:

  • This car is not yours. It’s mine. (This car is not your car. It’s my car.)
  • China and its language are both fascinating. (China and the language of China are both fascinating)
  • Isn’t this key ours? (Isn’t this key our key?)