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Learn English: examples of how to describe possession and possessive pronouns

 

This lesson aims to help you become more comfortable with the confusing English grammar involving possession and possessive pronouns. Please see examples below.

 

EXAMPLES

It is my book. The book is mine.

It is your book. The book is yours.

It is his book. The book is his. It is Robert’s book. The book is Robert’s.

It is her book. The book is hers. It is Beth’s book. The book is Beth’s.

It is our book. The book is ours.

It is their book. The book is theirs.

Who does this book belong to? Whose book is this? Whose is it? (The book.)

Use “whose” to describe possession. “Who’s” means “who is” or “who has”.

It is the end of the day. The day is at its end.

Use “its” to describe possession. “It’s” means “it is” or “it has”.

This book belongs to me / you / him / her etc.

 

I hope that helps. This is very difficult, even for native speakers. Please keep studying and don’t be discouraged.

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