Possessive pronouns show ownership of a person, place, or thing. A noun must be used before a possessive pronoun. Possessive pronouns replace nouns.
“My” is a possessive adjective, always stands before a noun.
Use of a possessive adjective without a noun is impossible. In this situation, the use of a possessive pronoun is needed instead.
This is my piggy bank!
This piggy bank is mine.
This is my ticket and that is yours.
What do you think about his idea? I prefer hers.
Let’s go in your car. Ours has broken down.
In English, a reflexive pronoun has a different form for every person:
|emphatic & reflexive pronoun – singular||emphatic & reflexive pronoun – plural|
look after oneself
“Oneself” is an impersonal form that in the sentence takes a specific personal form:
He killed himself after his wife died.
I cut myself when I was shaving.
Are you enjoying yourselves?
Possessive pronouns may also appear after prepositions:
Sometimes she talks to herself.
I’ll pay for myself.
The same pronoun appears in definite meaning to stress that a particular person has done something by oneself:
I didn’t do it myself. My brother helped me.
The owner himself showed us to our rooms.