Is It Hers or *Her’s? | Meaning, Spelling & Examples

Common Mistakes updated on  January 9, 2024 2 min read
Hers is a third-person singular feminine possessive pronoun. It’s sometimes written as “her’s”—with an apostrophe—but this spelling is incorrect.

Possession is typically indicated by adding ’s to a word, but possessive pronouns are an exception to this rule. This means that “her’s” is always incorrect. This is also true for other possessive pronouns, such as ours and theirs. The QuillBot Grammar Checker will fix this and other common mistakes automatically.

Examples: Hers and her’s in a sentence
I forgot my charger, but maybe I can borrow her's.
I forgot my charger, but maybe I can borrow hers.

This dog is her's, not Danny's!
This dog is hers, not Danny's!



Her or hers

The possessive pronoun hers is used to show ownership of something by a female entity. It’s related to the possessive determiner her. However, while her is used to modify a noun, hers is used to replace a noun.


Examples: Her vs hers in a sentence

I followed her advice at work, and I got a promotion!

I like my lunch better than hers.


Hers, her's or hers'

Hers is often written as her’s or hers’ (with apostrophes), but both are incorrect. Hers is the only correct spelling.

Examples: Hers, her's or hers'
When Kaya was looking for her phone, I noticed I had her's instead of mine!
When Kaya was looking for her phone, I noticed I had hers' instead of mine!
When Kayla was looking for her phone, I noticed I had hers instead of mine!

Do you want to know more about common mistakes, commonly confused words, rhetorical devices, or other language topics? Check out some of our other language articles full of examples and quizzes.


Common mistakes

US vs UK

Rhetoric

Irregardless vs regardless

Burnt or burned

Situational irony

Lable or label

Dreamed or dreamt

Trope

Now a days or nowadays

Kneeled or knelt

Metaphor

Every time or everytime

Smelled or smelt

Consonance

Alot or a lot

Travelling or traveling

Rhyme


Frequently asked questions about hers or her's

Is it friend of hers or her’s?

The correct version is friend of hers (without an apostrophe).

Hers and her’s are often confused, but “her’s” is never correct. Hers is a possessive pronoun and doesn’t take an apostrophe. This is also true for other possessive pronouns, such as ours and theirs.

Use QuillBot's free Grammar Checker to avoid mistakes like these!

Is it his or hers or his or her’s?

The correct version is his or hers (without an apostrophe).

Hers and her’s are often confused, but “her’s” is never correct. Hers is a possessive pronoun and doesn’t take an apostrophe. This is also true for other possessive pronouns, such as ours and theirs.

Use QuillBot's free Grammar Checker to avoid mistakes like these!

Tags

Julia Merkus

Julia has master's degrees in Linguistics and Language and speech pathology. Her expertise lies in grammar, language and speech disorders, foreign language learning, and child language acquisition.

Great! You've successfully subscribed.
Great! Next, complete checkout for full access.
Welcome back! You've successfully signed in.
Success! Your account is fully activated, you now have access to all content.