Possessive adjectives in English
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What are possessive adjectives?
Possessive adjectives, also known as possessive determiners, are used to show a possession or a relationship between the owner and the thing that is owned. They modify a noun by showing who possess it, therefore they are placed in front of the noun they modify. However, when other adjectives are also used to describe a given noun the possessive adjectives must be placed in front of the other adjective.
Warning: Possessive adjectives and possessive pronouns are similarly written, however, they are used for different things and are not interchangeable.
Possessive adjectives examples
|Possessive adjectives||Possessive adjectives examples|
|My||It's my bag.|
|Your||Is it your dog?|
|His||His time is up.|
|Her||Her package has arrived.|
|Its||The turtle is eating its lettuce.|
|Our||This is our house.|
|Your||Your billboards are very beautiful.|
|Their||Their plan has failed.|
Possessive adjectives list: my, your, his, her, its, our, your, their
Difference between possessive adjectives and possessive pronouns
Possessive pronouns indicate an ownership or a possession of the noun that is discussed in the sentence. Unlike possessive adjectives which modify the noun, they fully replace it in a sentence. Most commonly they can be found at the end of a sentence.
|Possessive pronouns||Possessive pronouns example|
|Yours||They are yours now.|
|His||I don't think that his has arrived yet.|
|Hers||She opened the company in 2010. It is hers.|
|Its||The cat hurts its paw last night.|
|Ours||I can't believe these are ours now.|
|Yours||What do you think about yours?|
|Theirs||The coffee machine is theirs.|
Possessive pronouns list: mine, yours, his, hers, its, ours, yours, theirs
Possessive adjective "Own"
The possessive adjective own is used when one wants to not only state a possession belongs to someone but to emphasize it belongs only to that person and nobody else.
Structure: Possessive adjective + own + noun
- I have my own way of doing things.
- We grow our own vegetables here.
- She designed her own suit.
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