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synonyms for our

  • her
  • hir
  • his
  • its
  • my
  • their
  • vis
  • xyr
  • your
  • zir
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What can I say instead of our?

We don’t traditionally think of our as having synonyms, but there are several situations in which it can replace—or be replaced with—another term.

our own 

The phrase our own is sometimes used as a more emphatic way of saying our, as in I can’t believe we were betrayed by our own family members.

ours

Sometimes you can reword what you’re saying to use ours instead of our. For example, instead of saying This is our popcorn, you could say This popcorn is ours. 

us

Sometimes, us is used where the word our could also be used, such as in sentences like this: Did you hear about us getting lost? Historically, it was considered more proper to use our before gerunds (e.g., getting in the preceding example), but using us is now more common and often sounds more natural.

other possessives

Instead of saying things like This is my house and her house, we usually use the plural form our, as in This is our house. Sometimes, though, it makes more sense to separate who owns what by using separate possessive words. For example, instead of saying These are our vehicles, you could say This is my car and this is her truck.

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How to use our in a sentence

Arm′our-bear′er; Arm′ourer, a maker or repairer of, or one who has the charge of, armour.
CHAMBERS'S TWENTIETH CENTURY DICTIONARY (PART 1 OF 4: A-D)VARIOUS
The piscina probably belonged to the chantry of Our-Lady-in-the-Lady-loft.
BELL'S CATHEDRALS: THE CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF RIPONCECIL WALTER CHARLES HALLETT
He generally talks like one of those continued-in-our-next yarns in the magazines.
SHAVINGSJOSEPH C. LINCOLN
For understanding the Prophecies, we are, in the first place, to acquaint our-selves with the figurative language of the Prophets.
OBSERVATIONS UPON THE PROPHECIES OF DANIEL, AND THE APOCALYPSE OF ST. JOHNISAAC NEWTON
March-of-mind became to many almost as wearisome a cry as wisdom-of-our-ancestors had been.
THE LIFE OF WILLIAM EWART GLADSTONE, VOL. 1 (OF 3)JOHN MORLEY
Bu-bu-bu-but they had si-si-six t-t-to ou-ou-our si-si-six, di-di-didn't they?
A BOY TROOPER WITH SHERIDANSTANTON P. ALLEN
Palma painted many pictures, leaving at his death forty-our unfinished.
THE OLD MASTERS AND THEIR PICTURESSARAH TYTLER
In this line (if mekely be trisyllabic, and lok'th monosyllabic), the word our-e is dissyllabic, which is not common in Chaucer.
CHAUCER'S WORKS, VOLUME 5 (OF 7) -- NOTES TO THE CANTERBURY TALESGEOFFREY CHAUCER
Speak, speak, we cannot quake!Our flesh knows not ignoble tremblings.
THE WORKS OF JOHN MARSTONJOHN MARSTON
In the midst of the our-words they cling to a small number in or, among them, stupor.
THE AMERICAN LANGUAGEHENRY L. MENCKEN
SYNONYM OF THE DAY
OCTOBER 26, 1985
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WORDS RELATED TO OUR

  • hir
  • his
  • its
  • my
  • our
  • their
  • vis
  • xyr
  • your
  • zir
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.