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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

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

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

Here are some examples of both types:

Possessive determinersPossessive pronouns
as an adjectiveas a noun
Our car is blue.That car is theirs
This is my hat.That hat is yours
These are your shoesThose 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 determinersPossessive pronouns
mymine
youryours
hishis
herhers
itsits
ourours
youryours
theirtheirs
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.