Ours or *Our’s | Meaning, Spelling & Use

Ours is a first-person plural possessive pronoun.

‘Our’s’, written with an apostrophe, is sometimes used instead of ours, but this is incorrect and should be avoided. While possession is typically indicated by adding ‘s to the end of the word, possessive pronouns don’t take an apostrophe.

Examples: Ours and our’s in a sentence
  • These seats are our’s, not yours.
  • These seats are ours, not yours.
  • Their strategy was not as effective as our’s.
  • Their strategy was not as effective as ours.

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How to use ours in a sentence

Ours is a possessive pronoun used to indicate ownership of something by you and someone else. It’s closely related to the possessive determiner ‘our’. However, while ‘our’ is always used before a noun to indicate possession, ours is used in place of a noun.

    Examples: How to use ours in a sentence
    Their dog is brown, and ours is grey.

    Our son is currently travelling around Europe.

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