[Adjectives] – Lesson 3: Possessive adjectives and pronouns

possessive adjective tells us that someone owns (or ‘possesses’) something.

Myyourhis and her are all possessive adjectives.

We use a possessive adjective before a noun:

  • This is my brother.
  • Where is your sister?
  • How much did his car cost?

possessive pronoun also tells us who owns a thing. However, a possessive pronoun is NOT followed by a noun:

  • Whose book is this? Is it yoursIs it yours book?
  • The blue car is my brother’s; the red car is mine. The red car is my.
  • I bought the house – it’s mineIt’s mine house.

 

Possessive adjectives and pronouns
singular
my
mine
It’s my dog.
This dog is mine.
my = possessive adjective
mine = possessive pronoun
your
yours
It’s your book.
It’s yours.
your = possessive adjective
yours = possessive pronoun
his
his
It’s his bicycle.
It’s his.
his = possessive adjective
his = possessive pronoun
her
hers
It’s her guitar.
It’s hers.
her = possessive adjective
hers = possessive pronoun
its
The bear is feeding its cubs.
its = possessive adjective
no possessive pronoun equivalent
plural
our
ours
This is our car.
This car is ours.
our = possessive adjective
ours = possessive pronoun
your
yours
Your baby is beautiful.
Which house is yours?
your = possessive adjective
yours = possessive pronoun
their
theirs
We’re going in their car.
Is this car theirs?
their = possessive adjective
theirs = possessive pronoun
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