Is Possessive Pronoun An Object:7 Facts You Should Know


In this article we are going to find answer and explanation of the topic ‘Is Possessive Pronoun an Object’.

Possessive Pronouns are mainly used to show possession or the authority over any living or non-living being. Most of the time it is in use to show authority over the subject or object but in some situations, possessive pronoun can be used in place of a object as well.

Can possessive pronoun be an object pronoun?

At first we need to know the difference between object pronoun and objective pronoun. There are six pronouns which can be regarded as ‘Objective Pronoun’, like; me, us, you, him, her and them. We must understand that ‘Possessive Pronoun’ can not be an ‘Objective Pronoun’ but can be an ‘Object Pronoun’. Sometime we omit the objective of the main sentence in the other sentences which refer the main sentence and use possessive pronoun in place of objects in those sentences.

Example – We both are writers and I am fan of your writing. Do you also want to read mine?

Explanation –

The object of the first sentence is ‘writing. The possessive pronoun ‘mine’ has been used in the second sentence in place of the object ‘writing’. Thus, we can call the possessive pronoun ‘mine’ an object pronoun because it took the place of an object.

How can a possessive pronoun be an object?

A possessive pronoun can be an object in a sentence by replacing the place of an object which refers a particular object in the main independent sentence. We must keep in mind that we can use possessive pronoun as an object in a sentence only when that sentence is referring to another sentence where the name of the object has been clearly mentioned.

Example – We all are going to have some snacks. Are you also coming to take your?

Explanation –

In the first sentence, the object is ‘snacks’. In the second sentence, the possessive pronoun ‘your’ has been used in place of the object ‘snacks’. Thus, we can clearly see that a possessive pronoun can be an ‘object’ but the original object must be mentioned in previous sentences, clauses or phrases.

When can a possessive pronoun be an object?

A possessive pronoun can be used as an object when we don’t need to mention the name of the object in each and every repetitive sentence. We can use possessive pronouns in place of the object to refer any particular object of the main sentence or independent clause.

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Five Examples of Possessive Pronoun as an Object

Example – Pijush made very tasty dinner yesterday. Do you also like his?

Explanation –

Here, the main object of the conversation is ‘tasty dinner. The possessive pronoun ‘his’ has been used in the second sentence to refer the object ‘very tasty dinner’ of the first sentence.

What are the possessive object pronouns?

Forms of possessive pronouns and possessive object pronouns are same but the difference occurs in uses. A possessive pronoun is always in use to show ownership or authority over any living being or non-living object while the ‘possessive object pronouns’ also show ownership but placed in place of object to refer an object of the main sentence or main independent clause.

List of possessive pronouns –

PersonPossessive Pronoun
1st Person Singular NumberMine
1st Person Plural NumberOurs
2nd Person Singular NumberYours
2nd Person Plural NumberYours
3rd Person Singular Numberhis/hers
3rd Person Plural Numbertheirs
List of possessive Pronoun

Example – This is our ancient palace where our ancestors used to live. Do you love ours?

Explanation –

Here, the main object is ‘an ancient palace’. The possessive pronoun ‘ours’ is in use in place of a object in the second sentence to refer the object ‘our ancient palace’.

Relation between possessive pronoun and object pronouns –

Possessive pronouns are mainly used to show possession over living being and non-living objects. The relation between possessive pronoun and object pronoun is ‘possession’ or ‘ownership’. When possessive pronouns placed in place of a object then it is called ‘possessive object pronoun’ but the relationship between them still remain same, that is ‘Possession’.

Example 1 – I am very protective towards books of mine.

Example 2 – I am very protective towards books. So, don’t dare to look at mine.

Explanation –

In the first example, the possessive pronoun ‘mine’ is showing possession over books. In the second example, we can see two sentences. In the first sentence, the object is ‘books’. The possessive pronoun ‘mine’ took the place of object in the second sentence to refer the object ‘books’ in the first sentence.

Possessive object pronoun examples –

Example 1 – I am a huge fan of my hand-made ornaments. Do you also want to have mine?

Example 2 – I don’t want to show my poetry to anyone. I know that you will also going to laugh as soon as you hear mine.

Example 3- I know you are always interested about library. So, do you want to have a look at ours?

Example 4 – We have a big mango garden in our village firm. You are invited to enjoy some mango at ours.

Example 5 – I don’t like to poke in between matter of anyone else. So, you should also bother about only yours.

Example 6 – Sandip has great craze for antique furniture. He wants to come to buy some of yours.

Example 7 – You all have done a great Bharatnatyam dance performance. Your mentor must be proud of yours.

Example 8 – Sandip is very shy about his personal secrets. He doesn’t want to discuss his.

Example 9 – Pijush is going to win the badminton match. You must come to watch his.

Example 10 – Manju used to bake tasty pan cakes. You must try hers.

Example 11 – Reena has a great collection of foreign dolls. Let’s go and play with hers.

Example 12 – My neighbor’s house is very small in size. So, we don’t go theirs.

Explanation 1 – Here, the 1st person singular possessive pronoun ‘mine’ took the place of an object in the second sentence and referred the object ‘hand-made ornament’ of the first sentence.

Explanation 2 – Here, the 1st person singular possessive pronoun ‘mine’ took the place of an object in the second sentence and referred the object ‘poetry’ of the first sentence.

Explanation 3 – Here, the 1st person plural possessive pronoun ‘ours’ took the place of an object in the second sentence and referred the object ‘library’ of the first sentence.

Explanation 4 – Here, the 1st person plural possessive pronoun ‘ours’ took the place of an object in the second sentence and referred the object ‘mango garden’ of the first sentence.

Explanation 5 – Here, the 2nd person singular possessive pronoun ‘yours’ took the place of an object in the second sentence and referred the object ‘matters or events’ of the first sentence.

Explanation 6 – Here, the 2nd person singular possessive pronoun ‘yours’ took the place of an object in the second sentence and referred the object ‘antique furniture’ of the first sentence.

Explanation 7 – Here, the 2nd person plural possessive pronoun ‘yours’ took the place of an object in the second sentence and referred the object ‘Bharatnatyam dance performance’ of the first sentence.

Explanation 8 – Here, the 3rd person singular possessive pronoun ‘his’ took the place of an object in the second sentence and referred the object ‘secret’ of the first sentence.

Explanation 9 – Here, the 3rd person singular possessive pronoun ‘his’ took the place of an object in the second sentence and referred the object ‘badminton match’ of the first sentence.

Explanation 10 – Here, the 3rd person singular possessive pronoun ‘hers’ took the place of an object in the second sentence and referred the object ‘pan cakes’ of the first sentence.

Explanation 11 – Here, the 3rd person singular possessive pronoun ‘hers’ took the place of an object in the second sentence and referred the object ‘collection of foreign dolls’ of the first sentence.

Explanation 12 – Here, the 3rd person plural possessive pronoun ‘theirs’ took the place of an object in the second sentence and referred the object ‘neighbor’s house’ of the first sentence.

Conclusion –

We should never get confused between possessive object pronoun and objective pronoun. Objective pronouns are totally different. Possessive pronouns can take place of an object and become a object pronouns but can never be an objective pronoun.

Arpita Bose Roy

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