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Pronouns 02
Our washing machine needs repairing; so does theirs.

Pronouns 02

There are also possessive pronouns in English. Possessive means belonging to. "Her computer" could also be written "the computer belonging to her".

Possessive pronouns include "my" and "mine", "your and yours", "his", "her" and "hers", "our" and "ours", "their" and "theirs". Deciding which possessive pronoun to use depends on what grammatical function it plays in the sentence. You could say "that book is hers" or you could say "that is her book". "Her" (like "my", "your", "his", "its", "our" and "their") is a possessive pronoun functioning as an adjective. Which book? Her book. The other forms of possessive pronouns can function as direct or indirect objects: "When I lost my coat, she gave me hers". Here, "hers" is the direct object of the verb "gave". Remember that possessive pronouns do not have an apostrophe, including the word "its" (i.e. "its handle" for "the door's handle").

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1.
Try and find all the pronouns in the following sentence.
A van delivered their shopping but not yours.
A, but
delivered, but
their, yours
van, shopping
"Van" and "shopping" are nouns
2.
Try and find all the pronouns in the following sentence.
His lunch and her book are in my rucksack.
and, are, in
her, book, my
His, her, my
lunch, book, rucksack
"My", which means "belonging to me", is a possessive pronoun
3.
Try and find all the pronouns in the following sentence.
Don't take your old book home; take your new one.
book, home
old, new
take, take
your, your
"Your", which means "belonging to you", is a possessive pronoun
4.
Try and find all the pronouns in the following sentence.
She celebrated her birthday with family and friends.
celebrated, birthday
family, friends
She, her
with, and
"Her", which means "belonging to her", is a possessive pronoun
5.
Try and find all the pronouns in the following sentence.
Tell them that their tickets are at the reception.
Tell, are
that, the
them, their
tickets, reception
"Them" is a personal pronoun; "their" is a possessive pronoun
6.
Try and find all the pronouns in the following sentence.
Our football match is cancelled; their sports field is wet.
football, match
is, is
Our, their
sports, field
Pronouns take the place of nouns in sentences
7.
Try and find all the pronouns in the following sentence.
Is there a dog in your garden? Ours has escaped!
dog, garden
Is, escaped
Is, has
your, ours
"Ours" never needs an apostrophe!
8.
Try and find all the pronouns in the following sentence.
Your car is a newer model than his car.
car, car
is, than
newer, model
Your, his
"His", which means "belonging to him", is a possessive pronoun
9.
Try and find all the pronouns in the following sentence.
We have our essays; have you seen theirs anywhere?
have, our, you, theirs
our, have, theirs, you
We, our, you, seen
We, our, you, theirs
"We" and "you" are subject pronouns; "our" and "theirs" are possessive pronouns
10.
Try and find all the pronouns in the following sentence.
Our washing machine needs repairing; so does theirs.
needs, does
needs, repairing
Our, theirs
washing, machine
"Theirs" never needs an apostrophe!

 

Author:  Sue Daish

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