When should one use your and yours. What is the difference in usage. Give some examples if possible, please. For example,

Your question is interesting! Were those gloves his or yours?

Why do we use exactly your and yours

I found this article: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/grammar/british-grammar/pronouns/pronouns-possessive-my-mine-your-yours-etc. But it did not help me to figure out my problem. Since there is no explanation when to use your and when to use yours.

  • This is an incredibly broad question, so it's hard to answer specifically. Can you provide some specific examples, or specific sentences that you have questions about?
    – Matt Cline
    May 2, 2017 at 20:12
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    Have you read about the difference between possessive pronouns and possessive determiners? I feel like this question might get closed for not showing any evidence of research, because this is something that can be easily looked up.
    – stangdon
    May 2, 2017 at 20:25
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    Your question is interesting! Were those gloves his or yours?
    – George Feb
    May 2, 2017 at 20:36
  • @stangdon, if it is so easy to find out on the internet why don`t you answer it?
    – some1 here
    May 2, 2017 at 23:11
  • @ohidano - Because the point of StackExchange is to provide answers that can't be found in reference works. If StackExchange were to simply answer questions for which you could find the answer in a reference work, then it would just duplicate them.
    – stangdon
    May 3, 2017 at 13:57

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We use possessive determiners before a noun. We use possessive pronouns in place of a noun.

Possessive determiner: your.

Possessive pronoun: yours.

We use your before noun. We use yours in place of a noun.

Your (noun)question(noun) is interesting! Were those gloves his or yours(we are talking about a male, male is a noun we use here yours instead of male`s)?

  • They are both genitive pronouns that function as determiners. The difference is that "your" is an 'dependent' genitive pronoun while "yours" is a 'dependent' genitive pronoun.
    – BillJ
    May 3, 2017 at 6:23

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