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Pronouns 2 - Possessive Pronouns
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Pronouns 2 - Possessive Pronouns

In the previous quiz we learnt about pronouns and, more specifically, about personal pronouns. We found out that personal pronouns are of two types namely, subject form and object form. We also learnt that some of the pronouns are dependent on gender and we use different pronouns for males and females. In this quiz we take a look at another class of pronouns known as possessive pronouns.

There are fourteen possessive pronouns: MY, OUR, HER, THEIR, THEIRS, OURS, ITS, HIS, HERS, YOUR, YOURS, MINE, WHOSE and ONE’S. Possessive pronouns, as their name suggests, relate to ownership. In English we are aware of the genders and singular and plural forms. We know that we use certain specific words when we talk about a male person and certain other specific words when we talk about a female person. Similarly we use certain words when we talk about something in the singular form and certain other words when we talk about something in the plural form. We also use certain words when we talk about non-human things. Thus, the use of pronouns is governed by gender and also by singular or plural forms and whether the subject is a person or an object.

Some examples would make the concept clear:

‘This house belongs to Sunita,’ can be written as:

‘This house is HERS,’ as Sunita is the name of a girl and it is the singular form.

‘This house belongs to James,’ can be written as:

‘This house is HIS,’ as James is the name of a boy and it is the singular form.

‘This house belongs to Sunita and James,’ can be written as:

‘This house is THEIRS,’ as Sunita and James together are in the plural.

‘The table’s leg is broken,’ can be written as:

‘ITS leg is broken,’ as the table is a thing and it is in the singular form.

‘The tables’ legs are broken,’ can be written as:

‘THEIR legs are broken,’ as the tables are things and they are in plural form.

Possessive pronouns are useful to communicate to the reader or listener who owns what. The quiz that follows will explain possessive pronouns more clearly.

1.
"She returned the glass bangles BELONGING TO ME, but the BANGLES were broken." "The glass bangles were ---, but --- were broken." - Fill in the blanks with the correct pronouns.
Mine, They
Its, Ours
Ours, Hers
Your, Its
The person 'Me' is singular and so 'Mine' is used and 'the bangles' is a plural and so 'They' is used
2.
"SATISH AND I had a great vacation in Bangalore." "--- was a great vacation." - Fill in the blank with the correct pronoun.
Mine
Her
Its
Ours
'Satish' and 'I' are persons and need to be replaced with a plural form
3.
"These are OUR MOBILE PHONES. Will you show us YOUR MOBILE PHONES?" "These mobile phones are ---. Will you show us ---?" - Fill in the blanks with the correct pronouns.
Its, Ours
Ours, Hers
Ours, Yours
Your, Its
The structure of the sentence seeks two answers which are both in the plural
4.
"The cycle BELONGS TO HER." "Is the cycle ---?" - Fill in the blank with the correct pronoun.
Its
His
Hers
Theirs
'Its' refers to a thing, 'His' refers to the masculine gender and 'Theirs' is plural. The sentence begs an answer for a feminine gender and so the correct answer is 'Hers'
5.
"These are OUR PHOTOGRAPHS." "These photographs are ---." - Fill in the blank with the correct pronoun.
They
Its
Theirs
Ours
'Ours' is the possessive pronoun required
6.
"Compare YOUR PEN with MY PEN." "Is --- better than --- ?"
Yours, Mine
Ours, Mine
Theirs, Ours
Ours, Theirs
The sentence seeks answer for single persons. The options other than 'Yours, Mine' refer to plurals
7.
"SUKANYA AND PARMINDER’s books need to be replaced." "--- books need to be replaced." - Fill in the blank with the correct pronoun.
Yours
Their
Its
Mine
Sukanya and Parminder together require the plural form and so the correct answer would be 'Their'
8.
"This BOOK BELONGS to me." "This book is ---." - Fill in the blank with the correct pronoun.
Mine
Its
Theirs
Ours
'Theirs' and 'Ours' refer to the plural while 'Its' refers to a thing
9.
"The CAP of the bottle is lost." "This bottle has lost --- cap." - Fill in the blank with the correct pronoun.
Its
Theirs
Ours
Mine
The options other than 'Its' refer to persons whereas 'Cap' is a thing and is referred to as 'It'
10.
"He returned the glass bottle BELONGING TO ME." "The glass bottle was ---." - Fill in the blank with the correct pronoun.
Yours
Mine
Its
Theirs
Since the bottle belongs to me, you replace 'It' with 'Me' and not 'Yours', 'Its', or 'Theirs'
Author:  V T Narendra

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