What Are Possessive Personal Pronouns? (with Examples)

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What Are Possessive Personal Pronouns? (with Examples)

The possessive personal pronouns are mine, yours, his, hers, its, ours, and theirs. They are also known as absolute possessives.

Examples of Possessive Personal Pronouns

Here are some examples of absolute possessive pronouns:
  • Yours were in the cupboard.
  • Build your reputation by helping other people build theirs. (Anthony J D'Angelo)
  • We cherish our friends not for their ability to amuse us, but for ours to amuse them. (Evelyn Waugh, 1903-1966)
Interactive example:
If hers were lost, she'd take yours. [show me the absolute possessives]


Do not put an apostrophe in a possessive personal pronoun.
  • These are their's.
  • Your's are bigger than our's.
  • Yours are bigger than ours.