My essay – essay belonging to me/ essay written by me.
That computer is mine - that computer belongs to me.
As you can see from these simple examples possessive pronouns have two forms: my/ mine. The possessive pronoun “my” is a dependent form, used to modify nouns. The form is called a conjoint form as the pronoun always comes before a noun. The possessive pronoun “mine” is used independently, without a noun that is why this form is defined as absolute.
|Conjoint form||Absolute form|
It’s a great opportunity for you. Do not miss it. (Here it’s = contraction for it is)
The puppy is hungry, put some food in its bowl. (its bowl= bowl belonging to the puppy).