Possessive Adjectives and Possessive Pronouns

What’s a Possessive Adjective?

A possessive adjective (or ‘possessive determiner’, both words mean the same) is an adjective that expresses ”belonging-to”, or “possession”:

  • If you have a brother, he’s your brother.
  • If Sheila’s got glasses, they’re her glasses.

In English, the gender and number of the ‘possessor/-s’ determine the form of the possessive adjective. It sounds complicated, but it isn’t:

There is one possessive adjective for each subject pronoun.

Find exercises for possessive adjectives here.

What’s a Possessive Pronoun?

A determiner goes before a noun; a pronoun replaces a noun. So:

  • This is my car -it’s mine.
  • This is your car -it’s yours.
  • This is his car -it’s his.
  • This is her car -it’s hers.
  • This is its car -it’s its.
  • This is our car -it’s ours.
  • This is your car -it’s yours.
  • This is their car -it’s theirs.

Find exercises for possessive pronouns here.

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