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Absolute Possessives - Glossary of Terms


Absolute Possessives

The words mine, yours, his, hers, its, ours and theirs are known as absolute possessives. (This is because they stand alone and do not modify nouns.) 

Examples:
 

Theirs are in the garage.
They say female canaries can't sing. Well, hers can.

Interactive example:
 
If yours is missing, take hers. [show me the absolute possessives]
 
Don't put apostrophes in absolute possessives.

These are her's.
Associated pages:
 
What are pronouns?
The different types of pronouns
 
 

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