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Possessive Pronouns:

  • Possessive pronouns take the place of a noun to show possession or ownership.
  • They come after the noun they modify.

Examples:
That book is mine.
The car is hers.
The toys are theirs.

Possessive Adjectives:

  • Possessive adjectives modify nouns to show possession or ownership.
  • They come before the noun they modify.

Examples:
My book
Her car
Their toys

In summary:

Possessive pronouns:

  • Come after the noun (mine, hers, theirs)
  • Take the place of a noun

Possessive adjectives:

  • Come before the noun (my, her, their)
  • Modify/describe a noun

Compare the examples:

That book is mine. (Possessive pronoun – comes after the noun “book”)

My book (Possessive adjective – comes before the noun “book”)

The car is hers. (Possessive pronoun – comes after the noun “car”)

Her car (Possessive adjective – comes before the noun “car”)

The toys are theirs. (Possessive pronoun – comes after the noun “toys”)

Their toys (Possessive adjective – comes before the noun “toys”)

Here is a list of common possessive adjectives and pronouns in English:

Possessive Adjectives:

  • My
  • Your
  • His
  • Her
  • Its
  • Our
  • Their

Possessive Pronouns:

  • Mine
  • Yours
  • His
  • Hers
  • Its
  • Ours
  • Theirs

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