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Independent possessive pronouns
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Just like in English, the Dutch use independent possessives. An independent possessive does not precede a noun, as in "It is my pencil", but stands alone: "It is mine".

The independent possessive is only used when the possessor is a person.

English Dutch
mine de/het mijne
yours de/het jouwe
yours [formal] de/het uwe
his de/het zijne
hers de/het hare
ours de/het onze
yours --
theirs de/het hunne

For plural 'yours', the Dutch do not have an independent possessive pronoun.

In Dutch, the independent possessive pronoun requires an article. This can be de or het, depending on the noun it refers to.

de jas mijn jas de mijne
het boek mijn boek het mijne

Ours: onze

We say 'het onze' and 'de onze'. In this respect, it behaves the same as an independent adjective.

No plural 'yours'

The Dutch do not have an independent form for plural 'yours'. Instead, you can use the alternative independent possessive?.


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