2. It's mine (posessive pronouns)

AV - Reflexión

Do you remember the phrases at the beginning of the topic?

Imagen de Alen Lew en Flickr. C. Commons
Imagen de Alan Lew en Flickr. C. C
  • The strings of the racket
  • The adornments of the collar
  • The pages of the book
  • The batteries of the toys
  • The colour of the travel brochures

Can you see anything interesting in them?



Remember that the of-construction or the Norman Genitive is formed in the following way:

thing possessed
+ of +
possessor (thing)
The colour
  of   the travel brochures


Further knowledge

  • If you need to read more about the Saxon Genitive and the of-construction, click here. Don't forget to practise by doing the exercise at the end of the page.
  • If you want to do more exercises before facing the Self-Assessment exercise below, click here.
  • Finally, click here if you feel like doing one more exercise on the Genitive Case.

Fill in the blanks by means of a Genitive Case. Pay attention to possessors and articles in front of proper nouns!!! Remember that before proper nouns the definite article the is not normally used except to refer to a whole family, e.g. The Simpsons. So, we can say The Simpsons'car if we mean that the car belongs to the whole family.

The lottery prize of Paco -

The legendary books of Sonia -

The car keys - The

The books of a person - A

That book has bright colours - The are bright

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A friend of me

Typical mistake: There is a typical mistake students make. It occurs when we refer to one or more friends among my/your/his friends. It is common to use the noun phrase A friend of me, or Some friends of him. These phrases are completely wrong. We need the double genitive with a possessive pronoun, so, we must say A friend of mine (that is, A friend of my friends), or Some friends of his (that is, Some friends of his friends).

In this topic, Paco has learnt a lot about the Genitive Case and probably he won't have more problems with it. Besides, he has decided to visit some "legendary" places in the United Kingdom, the first stop in his travel around the world. We really hope you have learnt as much as him!


That's his and this is mine.

The words in bold are examples of possessive pronouns. 

Let's practise.