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Possessive pronouns and Possessive determiners.

What are Possessive Pronouns and Determiners?

Possessive pronouns and determiners show us the ownership of a noun.

There are two types:


Possessive determiners work in a similar way to adjectives, so they appear before the noun. They do not replace a noun as possessive pronouns do.


Possessive pronouns replace the nouns as either the subject or the object of a clause. 

Here are some examples of both types:

Possessive determiners Possessive pronouns
as an adjective as a noun
Our car is blue. That car is theirs
This is my hat. That hat is yours
These are your shoes Those shoes are hers

As you can see possessive pronouns help avoid unnecessary repetition i.e.:

That car is their car.

This hat is your hat.

Possessive determiners Possessive pronouns
my mine
your yours
his his
her hers
its its
our ours
your yours
their theirs
These are my books. The books are mine.

Note: his and its can be possessive determiners or possessive pronouns. Look at the complete sentence to find out what function the pronoun has.