Possessive case pronouns have a s without an apostrophe; so is this correct "It's hers watch". If not why and also in which sentences can " hers" be used.

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  • You don’t have doubt. You have a question. You’re also confusing possessive pronouns with possessive determiners. This is very basic grammar. Please see English Language Learners. – tchrist Apr 26 '15 at 13:27
  • @tchrist: Re: "confusing possessive pronouns with possessive determiners": The term "possessive determiner" is relatively new -- they always used to be called "possessive pronouns" (or sometimes "possessive adjectives") -- and certain modern authorities, such as CGEL, argue that they are in fact pronouns. – ruakh Apr 26 '15 at 15:54

The possessive pronouns that end in the sound /-s/ or /-z/, spell it <-s> with no apostrophe (with the exception of whose and one's).

However, not all possessive pronouns end in the sound /-s/ or /-z/.

In the case of her(s), we use her before a noun, and hers on its own:

  • This is her watch.
  • This watch is hers.
  • Hers is the red one.

It is not grammatical to replace her with hers or vice versa.

  • Some examples of possessive pronouns with /s/ or /z/ sounds you mentioned would be deeply appreciated. Thanks for the help dude – Random Codemonkey Apr 26 '15 at 4:59
  • @RandomCodemonkey: Ending in /s/: its. Ending in /z/: his, hers, ours, yours, theirs. – ruakh Apr 26 '15 at 5:02

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