A pronoun is a word that replaces a noun in a sentence, making the subject a person or a thing. Possessive pronouns are pronouns that demonstrate ownerships.
Possessive pronouns include my, mine, our, ours, its, his, her, hers, their, theirs, your and yours - all words that demonstrate ownership.
Here are some examples of possessive pronouns used in sentences:
One thing that can be confusing is the use of possessive adjectives with gerunds. Look at this sentence:
I couldn’t take him griping anymore.
What couldn’t I take anymore, “him” or the “griping”? The sentence is ambiguous. The correct way is to use a possessive pronoun. Here is the correct sentence:
I couldn’t take his griping anymore.
A few more examples like this are:
I loved listening to his singing.
These examples help to illustrate not only what possessive pronouns are but also how they can be used to make a sentence more clear.
Possessive pronouns are essential for writing and communication so the reader or listener knows to whom an item belongs. To learn more about possessive pronouns see What Is a Possessive Pronoun?