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, yours, whose, and one's - 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 pronouns 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.