Possessives take many forms in English.
Pronouns in the possessive case can be used as adjectives to modify nouns or stand alone as subjects, objects or complements.
|My book is on the table.||(used to modify a noun)|
|Mine is on the table.||(used as a subject)|
|I put mine in the refrigerator.||(used as an object)|
|The red one is mine.||(used as a complement)|
See the table below:
|Pronouns as adjectives||Pronouns as subjects, objects and complements|
|its||its (not common)|
The possessive is formed by adding ?s to singular nouns and plural nouns not ending in s. Such possessives can be used as modifiers, or they can stand alone.
- It is John’s bicycle.
- Those are the children’s toys.
- Jack’s is the white one.
- I’m going to Joe’s.
With plural nouns ending in ?s, only an apostrophe (?) is used to form the possessive.
- The girls’ bicycles are in the repair shop.
- All the students’ books were stolen.
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