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oh right grammarians let's get down to it and start talking about possessive pronouns possessive pronoun is a pronoun that we use to show possession of something which is just sort of a fancy way of saying you have it possession equals having stuff now we can essentially divide possessive pronouns in half because on this side of the divide we have a list of pronouns that behave like adjectives and on this side we have a group of pronouns that behave like nouns I'll list them and then we'll give some examples so the possessive pronoun that behaves like an adjective for me is my the possessive pronoun that behaves like a noun for me is mine our behaves like an adjective ours behaves like a noun your behaves like an adjective yours behaves like a noun her behaves like an adjective hers behaves like a noun his behaves like an adjective his behaves like a noun its behaves like an adjective it's behaves like it down and their behaves like an adjective and theirs behaves like a noun now I'd like to point out that nowhere in any of these words does there appear such a thing as an apostrophe that little guy I know this much is true there are no apostrophes in possessive pronouns so it's not it's not ours it's ours like that it's not yours with an apostrophe like that it's yours with no apostrophe likewise it's not hers his it's this is the big one I mean something entirely different or there's across all varieties of English the possessive pronouns don't have any apostrophes in them so this is a very handsome looking chart if I do say so myself but it doesn't really do the work of explaining what I mean by saying my behaves like an adjective and mine behaves like a noun so let me get some example sentences down and we'll see what I mean so let's say that there was a book that I owned how would I talk about it but I could do it two different ways using these possessive pronouns I could say that is my book and here my is working as an adjective that modifies and describes book or I could say that book is mine and here we're using is to connect book to mine and so in that case we're using mine as a now how do we know it's acting like a noun because we can use it independently of the word book so if someone says to me David where is your book I can say mine is on the bedside table nowhere in this sentence does the word book appear but we can use mine independently because we've established in a previous sentence to the thing we're talking about is this book so let's talk about my coworker gireesh nice fella and let's say the gireesh has a very nice hat we would say that is garages hat this is what we'd call a possessive now but talking of Grisha again we could say that is his hat and now we're using that possessive pronoun as an adjective to modify hat whose hat is it it is his hat if we wanted to use the personal pronoun that acted like a noun we would say that hat is his and we can also use his independently of the word hat by saying by saying his is the Hat with polka dots so we've got two piles of possessive pronouns here and one pile behaves like adjectives my our you were her his it's there and the other behaves like nouns mine ours yours hers his it's theirs and remember none of them contain an apostrophe you can learn anything Dave it out