Possessive Adjectives - We use possessive adjectives to show who owns or "possesses" something. The possessive adjectives are:
  • my, your, his, her, its, our, their
  • whose (interrogative)Examples:
  • ·         Why didn't you clean your room? (your modifies the noun room)
  • ·         Mary doesn't like her dress. (her modifies the noun dress)
  • ·         The chameleon can change its color. (its modifies the noun color)

number
person
gender
possessive
adjective
example sentence
singular
1st
male/female
my
This is my book.
2nd
male/female
your
I like your hair.
3rd
male
his
His name is "John".
female
her
Her name is "Mary".
neuter
its
The dog is licking its paw.
plural
1st
male/female
our
We have sold our house.
2nd
male/female
your
Your children are lovely.
3rd
male/female/neuter
their
The students thanked theirteacher.





singular/plural
1st/2nd/3rd
male/female (not neuter)
whose
Whose phone did you use?

Warning! Possessive adjectives are often confused with possessive pronouns. 


Subject Pronouns
I
you
he
she
it
we
you
they
Possessive Adjectives
my
your
his
her
its
our
your
their


Things to remember:
1. Possessive adjectives are different from possessive pronouns.
·         This is your (possessive adjective) book and this is mine (possessive pronoun).
2. itstheir are possessive adjectives.
·         Its color is beautiful.
·         Their car is in their garage.
3. it'sthey're and there are not possessive adjectives — its is a contraction of it is or it hasthey're is a contraction of they arethereis an adverb of place.
·         It's not my book = It is not my book.
·         My house is big. It's got five bedrooms = It has got five bedrooms.
·         Nancy and Alan are from New York. They're my friends = They are my friends.
·         Please, put the chair there. (adverb)


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