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pronoun as in a possessive form used as an attributive adjective

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Example Sentences

These pathetic folks need to accept that “jazz has replaced classical music as the dreaded incarnation of eat-your-broccoli art.”

Dessert is a slice of melt-in-your-mouth treacle tart with a dollop of perfectly tart clotted cream.

He was like my old man with that angry, in-your-face rhetoric.

He continues that "the gays I know are not the flamboyant shove-it-in-your face type of people."

Most of the posts—featuring kind, thoughtful, restores-your-faith-in-humanity type of statements—align with the lofty statement.

Stretch-your-necks, wags and grind hunters, supplied Jerry, now sufficiently aroused to join in the conversation.

He had done rough work in Central Asia, and had seen rather more help-your-self fighting than most men of his years.

Sat Bhai has many members, and perhaps before they jolly-well-cut-your-throat they may give you just a chance for life.

Opposite is a little, hold-your-own school-mistressy young person in pince-nez.

Such was the difference between the costume and arms of Master Rend-your-Soul and that of his servant.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What is another word for your?

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

your own 

The phrase your own is sometimes used as a more emphatic way of saying your, as in I’m sorry you had to pay with your own money, but you’ll be reimbursed. 


The word you is sometimes used not to refer to the listener or reader but to any person in general, much like how the word one is sometimes used, as in You never know what might happen. Your can be used in this same way, as in When climbing, your first priority should be safety. A more formal way of saying this is When climbing, one’s first priority should be safety. 


Sometimes you can reword what you’re saying to use yours instead of your. For example, instead of saying I think this is your seat, you could say I think this seat is yours.


Sometimes, you is used where the word your could also be used, such as in sentences like this: I hadn’t heard about you getting lost. Historically, it was considered more proper to use your before gerunds (for example, getting in the preceding example), but using you is now more common and often sounds more natural.


Yer is an informal spelling of your that’s sometimes used to reflect the way the word is pronounced in colloquial (conversational) speech, as in Pack yer bags!


The form ur is sometimes used as a substitute for your in very informal communications, such as text messages or online posts, as in i love ur new look! However, ur can also mean you are. 

your vs. you’re

Be careful! Sometimes, your is used when it should be you’re, and vice versa. You’re is a contraction of you are. Sometimes, they can even be used right next to each other, as in You’re your own worst enemy.

What can I say instead of your?

Sometimes, your is used informally to indicate all members of some group or category, as in Your average student learns this in high school. Although this is similar to the sense of your that can be replaced with one’s, one’s doesn’t quite work here. A simple way to rephrase the sentence is to say Average voters are not going to research every candidate and all of their proposed policies.

What is the antonym of your?

Strictly speaking, your doesn’t have a definitive antonym in the same sense that short is the antonym of long. Of course, possession and association are often distinguished by using contrasting possessives, such as in statements like This is your responsibility—it’s not my responsibility. In this sense, all of the other possessive words could be considered the opposite of your, including my, her, his, and their.

On the other hand, one person’s possession of something does not mean that someone else can’t possess it as well. This is indicated in a lot of popular expressions, such as what’s mine is yours, mi casa es su casa, and this land is your land; this land is my land.

What part of speech is the word your?

Your is the possessive form of the personal pronoun you. It’s often considered a possessive pronoun, but it functions as a possessive adjective (also called a possessive determiner). That’s a lot of labels for such a common word, but they essentially mean this: your shows possession by functioning as an adjective and modifying a noun (it never functions as a noun itself). The same thing can be said about my (the possessive form of the pronoun I) and our (the possessive form of the pronoun we). (The forms yours, mine, and ours stand alone as nouns and never accompany another noun as modifiers.)

In contrast, the word his can be used as both a possessive pronoun (as in That jacket is his) or a possessive adjective (as in That is his jacket). Possessive words like your commonly indicate possession or ownership, but they can also indicate things other than literal possession, like origin or other qualities (such as in phrases like your country).

Your is used along with second person pronouns (like you and yourself), which are used to address the person being spoken to or reading. In contrast, first person pronouns (like I, me, we, and us) are used to refer to the speaker or writer themselves. Their possessive forms include my, mine, our, and ours. Third person pronouns (like he, she, they, him, her, and them) refer to anyone other than the person doing the addressing or the ones being addressed. Third person possessive forms include his, her, hers, their, and theirs.

On this page you'll find 20 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to your, such as: my, his, her, its, vis, and xyr.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.