Writing Lab - University of West Florida

Writing Lab - University of West Florida

UWF Writing Lab Possessive Pronouns vs. Contractions Possessive Pronouns - Writers often mistake possessive pronouns for contractions. - These are possessive pronouns: its, her, his, our, mine, their, whose and your. - Remember, the possessive pronouns do not require apostrophes. - Other common possessive personal pronouns include his, hers, yours, ours, theirs,

and mine. Contractions - The following are contractions: its (it is and it has) theyre (they are), whos (who is), and youre (you are). - Remember, a contraction is a shortened form of a word or words in which the omitted letters are replaced by an apostrophe. - Also, remember that contractions are often too informal for some academic and

professional writing. Pronunciation Words that have similar sounds are called homophones. Examples of homophones include the following: their, theyre, and there. Because these words sound similar, people often spell these words in their sentences incorrectly. Incorrect: Their were no questions following the speakers address.

Incorrect: Theyre were no questions following the speakers address. Correct: There were no questions following the speakers address. Practice! This situation, difficult though it was, was theirs to make. theirs Their were no questions following the speakers address. there

Whose leading the workshops today, and whose missing from the list of workshop speakers? Whos / whos More Practice! The house is mines, the car is yours, but the bank account is ours. mine / yours / ours

That helmet is hers, but the bike is yours. hers / yours Thats all, folks! This lesson is part of the UWF Writing Lab Grammar Mini-Lesson Series Lessons adapted from Real Good Grammar, Too by Mamie Webb Hixon

To find out more, visit the Writing Labs website where you can take a self-scoring quiz corresponding to this lesson

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