Writing Mini-Lessons: Yours, Mine, and Ours

Possessive Pronouns

As the name implies, possessive pronouns show ownership, or possession. There are only a few possessive pronouns, and there are only two specific rules for using them correctly:

A possessive pronoun is used to avoid repeating information that has already been made clear.  Below is a list of pronoun subjects and their possessives.

Subject

Possessive Pronoun

it
its
I
my, mine
you
your
she
her, hers
he
his
we
our, ours
they
their, theirs
you (plural)
yours

 

These useful pronouns make sentences less confusing, as you’ll see when you read the following sentences containing examples of possessive pronouns.

Examples of Possessive Pronouns in Action

The following examples demonstrate how possessive pronouns provide clarity. Possessive pronoun examples are italicized.

This is my pencil, not your pencil. (repetitive)

This pencil is mine, not yours.

I didn’t have my phone so Jenny lent me her phone. (repetitive)

I didn’t have my phone, so Jenny lent me hers.

Your motorbike is a lot faster than my motorbike. (repetitive)

Your motorbike is a lot faster than mine.

Pronoun Review

Watch Schoolhouse Rock’s Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla to review and reinforce your pronoun knowledge.