What is the difference between possessive pronoun and possessive case of pronoun?

Pronoun possessive case

I mine

That ?

Everyone ?

What is the possessive case for that, which, everyone, everbody etc?

Above mentioned mine is possessive pronoun or possessive case?

  • Please look up possessive pronouns (mine, yours, his/hers/its, ours, yours, theirs) That and everyone are not possessive pronouns.
    – Lambie
    Oct 17 at 15:11

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Possessive pronouns are words that show possessions referring to the subjects retrievable from the context. For example, "this book is mine." "Mine" is the possessive pronoun of the speaker "I". As for everyone, or everybody, the possessive pronoun would be "theirs" because from the speaker's point of view, everyone or everybody is a third plural subject.

  • "Everyone" and "everybody" as subjects are singular. We can say "Everyone/everybody is here", but "Everyone/everybody are here" is ungrammatical.
    – BillJ
    Aug 12, 2021 at 6:15
  • OP is asking (partly) about the possibility of that's as in 'Look at these two cars. This car's windows are broken; that's are not." Aug 12, 2021 at 11:57

English doesn't have "case". There are remnants of the cases used in Anglo-Saxon, but there is no comprehensive case system in modern English.

So "mine" is a possessive pronoun.

English doesn't have cases, so there is no genitive case of "that". And while you can form the possessive "Everyone's" with the clitic 's there is no genitive form. You can use "of" to form possessive expressions with "that", but this is very rare in practice (and so learners should normally avoid it)

The Old English neuter genitive of Þæt was Þæs but that is absolutely irrelevant to modern English

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