Possessive pronouns indicate possession or belonging. There are two kinds of possessive pronouns in English grammar. Possessive determiners, also called possessive adjectives (my/your etc.), come before a noun, whereas, possessive pronouns (mine/yours etc.) replace a noun.
Learn the difference between possessive determiners and possessive pronouns in English grammar and get tips on when to use them. Practise using the grammar rules in the interactive exercises.
My name’s Polly and I’m looking for my hat. My dad says there’s one in the wardrobe, but it’s his, not mine. My mum has also got a hat. Look! The dog’s wearing hers.
We use possessive determiners with nouns to indicate possession. Possessive pronouns replace previously mentioned nouns.
- My name is Polly and I am looking for my hat. (Polly’s name/hat) – determiner
- This one is not mine. (Polly’s hat) – pronoun
Table of English Possessive Pronouns and Determiners
Possessive determiners accompany a noun (the thing being possessed), possessive pronouns replace it. The chart below shows an overview of possessive pronouns and determiners in singular and plural.
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- Determiners come before a noun.
- I am looking for my hat.
- My mum has also got a hat.
- Pronouns are used alone, without a noun.
- My dad says there is one in the wardrobe, but it’s his, not mine.
- My mum has also got a hat. Look! The dog is wearing hers.