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Adjectives and pronouns: possessive

Introduction

We use possessive adjectives and pronouns to describe ownership (who owns what).

Possessive adjective: Possessive pronoun:
subject   possessive adjective   possessive pronoun  
I my mine
you (singular and plural) your your
she her hers
he his his
it its -*
we our ours
they their theirs
* note there is no possessive pronoun for "it".

Part 1: possessive adjectives

Where we use possessive adjectives, they are always used before a noun:
possessive adjective + noun.

Examples

Practice

Complete the sentences with the correct possessive adjective for the subject in brackets:

  • How big is family. (you)
     
  • They are parents. (I)
     
  • Please come to party. (we)
     
  • Those aren't shoes. (he)
     

Part 2: possessive pronouns

We use possessive pronouns to describe ownership when the noun we are talking about is clear, for example: We can also use possessive pronouns after the noun, for example when we are talking about a particular thing:
Examples:

Practice

Complete the sentences with the correct possessive pronoun for the subject in brackets:

  • This isn't our order. It's . (they)
     
  • Is this bag ? (she)
     
  • Are these ? (you)
     
  • This room is . (we)
     

Further practice

Complete the sentences with the correct answer from a, b, c or d:



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