April 16, 2014

Case: Possessive

Using the possessive case indicates that the pronoun is showing ownership.

Possessive Pronouns
Singular my, mine her, hers, his, its
Plural our, ours their, theirs
Singular and Plural your, yours whose

 

With Indefinite Pronouns (Add an apostrophe and “s”)

  • Someone’s misfortune can be another’s gain.
  • At this point, it is anyone’s guess who will win the series.

With Personal Pronouns (No Apostrophe)

  • The gift is hers.
  • Theirs is the best example he as ever seen of interactive web design.
  • The team gave its all in the game against the Bears.

With Relative or Interrogative Pronouns (No Apostrophe)

  • Whose books are on my desk?

versus: Who’s making dinner tonight?     (contraction of: Who is…)

With Gerunds

  • We admired her going out for track.

We admire what? the action of going out for track. Whose action?Hers.

  • Your skipping class is beginning to affect your grade.

Remember: Pronouns stand in for nouns. This is standing in for a person’s name. It is that person’s action that is causing the problem. Not the person.

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