What are all of the possessive pronouns that can be used as predicate nouns?

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Any and all of the possessive pronouns can function as a predicate noun. They are: mine, yours, his, hers, its, ours, theirs.


A predicate noun (a type of subject complement) is a noun, a pronoun, or a noun phrase that follows a linking verb, restating the subject.
A linking verb acts as an equal sign; the subject is or becomes the object of the verb.

Examples of possessive pronouns functioning as predicate nouns:
- The red bicycle is mine. (bicycle = mine)
- The winning recipe was yours. (recipe = yours)
- The house on the right is theirs. (house = theirs)

Additionally, the possessive adjectives can function as part of a noun phrase predicate noun by describing the noun.
The possessive adjectives are: my, your, his, her, its, our, their.

Examples of possessive adjectives functioning as part of a predicate noun phrase:
- The red one is my bicycle. (red one = my bicycle)
- The winner was your recipe. (winner = your recipe)
- The house on the right is their house. (house = their house)