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Possessive adjectives and pronouns May 20, 2010

The possessive adjectives in English are “My, your, his, her, our, their”.

They show to whom things belong or, in other words, possession.

They are adjectives which modify a noun (or nouns).

Mycake!…It is my birthday….I am five today

Yourbirthday…Is it your birthday?Congratulations!

Hiscomputer. It is his job.

Herbaby. It is her son Paul

Its nest. It is its future home…

Ourmoney. Let’s share our profits.


Theirlove. It is their happiness. They are together and happy.

Richard’ s dog or Fido ‘s master

Forms of Possessive Pronouns and Adjectives

Person Pronoun Adjective
1st singular mine my
2nd yours your
3rd (female) hers her
3rd (male) his his
3rd (neutral) its its
1st plural ours our
3rd plural theirs their

Using Possessive Pronouns and Adjectives

A possessive pronoun is used instead of a noun:

Julie’s car is red. Mine is blue.

A possessive adjective is usually used to describe a noun, and it comes before it, like other adjectives:

My car is bigger than her car.

Remember:

There are no apostrophes in possessive pronouns and adjectives.

The dog wagged its tail.

It’s” is not a possessive pronoun or adjective — it means “it is”:

It’s not my dog.

When you are sure that you understand the lesson, you can continue with the exercises.

Get some practice:

Exercise 1

 

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