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Possessive pronouns in English

What is a pronoun (pronoun)? This part of the speech, which indicates the quality of the object or subject, without naming him. As you know, the pronoun can replace parts of speech such as nouns and adjectives. There are several groups of pronouns: personal, demonstrative, return, negative, indefinite and possessive. It is about the past, possessive pronouns in English (possessive pronouns), and we’ll talk.

What are the possessive pronouns in the English language?

These pronouns indicate the affiliation of an object (an object properties, etc.) to a person. These pronouns function as the definition of the noun, and, therefore, are always in front of him. Possessive pronouns in the English language have the categories of person and number. Here is a list of pronouns:

  • My — my
  • Your — your
  • His — his
  • Her — her
  • Its — his / her
  • Our — our
  • Your — your
  • Their — their

Possessive pronouns are used strictly in accordance with the person and the number of personal pronouns. Compared with the Russian language, possessive pronouns in English are used quite often, in addition, they must be used with nouns that designate body parts, clothes and relatives.

He cleaned his shoes.

I am fond of her beauty.

Our family like to rest in Crimea, we adore its nature.

They play with their friends.

My cat likes to play with a ball.

Do not discuss your problems at work.

Where is your passport?

They look after our children.

By the way, the pronoun «his» translates one of the possessive pronouns in English:

She cut her finger. — She cut her finger.

I love my mother. — I love my / my mom.

If there is a need to lower the noun in the sentence, it is necessary to use the absolute form (the absolute form) possessive pronouns. Typically, the noun is lowered to the proposal had no recurrence.

  • My — mine
  • Your — yours
  • His — his
  • Her — hers
  • Its — its
  • Our — ours
  • Your — yours
  • Their — theirs

My task is easier than yours. — My job is easier than yours.

It is not their house, theirs is bigger. — It’s not their house, more of them.

Learn possessive pronouns in English is not difficult, if you study the subject in detail.

This topic is closely related to the other as described in the articles that need to pay attention:

  • «The personal pronouns in English»
  • «Reflexive pronouns in the English language»

After reading them, we recommend to pass the following test: «Test # 1 on the use of pronouns in the English language.»



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