Possessive pronouns

by Michael
(Johnson, VT, US)

How come it's not yours', but yours? Also, when can I use "me, I, myself, mine"? -Thanks!

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Dec 07, 2010
I, me, myself, mine
by: Ola Zur

Hi Michael,

"Yours" is the correct form. All the other forms are incorrect.
Why is it like this? I don't know :)
This is simply the rule.

Regarding your second question:
I = the speaker or the writer, when he's the one doing the action.
Example: "I am reading a book."
(The speaker is the doing the reading.)

ME = the speaker or the writer, when he's the one affected by the action (when he's the object).
"He hit me!" (The speaker was affected by the hitting)
"She likes me?"
"Give me your sandwich."

MYSELF = the speaker or the writer, when he's the one doing the action and he's also the one affected by the action.
"I hit myself!" (The speaker did the action, and he also received it?)
"I like myself."
"I paid myself."

MINE = belonging to the speaker or the writer.
"This house is mine." (The house belongs to the speaker.)
"It's your car, not mine."
"Her cooking is better than mine."

I hope this answers your question. For more data on pronouns, you can visit my English Parts of speech section.

Ola Zur is the editor of www.really-learn-english.com, an illustrated guide to English.

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