Mike gave Sarah the keys to his house. The website that I study claims that it is a personal pronoun. But since it is his house, should't it be possessive pronoun?

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    The genitive (possessive) pronouns are a subtype of personal pronouns.
    – BillJ
    May 19, 2018 at 6:38

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It will help knowing what language you're coming from.

Anyway, in the example his house, the word his is possessive. It is because it indicates ownership (possessive case).


The question should have been worded like this:

Is the pronoun “his” a personal or possessive pronoun in following sentence?

Since you're learning English, I thought you'd like to know...

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    It's probably good to note that his is both a personal pronoun and a possessive pronoun. The two are not mutually exclusive.
    – Anonym
    May 19, 2018 at 4:58
  • You mean it is generally the case that "his" can be both personal and possessive pronoun, or in this sentence "his" is both personal and possessive pronoun? By the way thank you for your answers and correction of my sentence.
    – J.Smith
    May 19, 2018 at 9:19
  • There are personal pronouns, and some of them are possessive (it's a subcategory of personal pronouns). He is a personal pronoun, his is too. But his is also a possessive personal pronoun. Jun 18, 2018 at 14:11

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