PRONOUNS - Possessive Pronouns

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PRONOUNS - Possessive Pronouns

Post  Vincent Law on Thu Nov 08, 2012 8:53 am

Some pronouns called possessive pronouns show ownership. Some are used alone; some describe a noun.

Used alone: mine, yours, his, hers, ours, theirs, whose
Correct: "That computer is hers."
Modify noun: my, your, his, her, its, our, their, whose
Correct: "That is her computer."

Please note that none of the possessive pronouns are spelled with an apostrophe. See Apostrophes with Pronouns for more on this.

Possessive Pronouns with Gerunds:

Possessive pronouns are used to describe gerunds. Using the objective case confuses the reader.

Incorrect: "You winning in spite of the odds inspired us all."
(Ambiguous and awkward. Do you inspire or does the winning inspire?)
Correct: "Your winning in spite of the odds inspired us all."
Incorrect: "We could not stand him whining about everything."
(Which could you not stand? Him? or His whining?)

Because of the possible confusion, use possessive pronouns with gerunds.

Correct: "We could not stand his whining about everything."
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