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Possessive Adjectives

Atik Rokhayani, S.Pd, M.Pd


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)
possessive example
Number Person gender
adjective sentence

This is my
1st male/female my
book.
I like your
2nd male/female your
hair.
His name is
Male his
Singular "John".
Her name
female her
3rd is "Mary".
The dog is
neuter its licking its
We have sold our
1st male/female our
house.

Your children are


Plural 2nd male/female your
lovely.

The students
male/female
3rd their thanked their
/neuter
teacher.

singular 1st/2nd male/female Whose phone did


whose
/plural /3rd (not neuter) you use?
• Compare:
• your = possessive adjective
you're = you are
• its = possessive adjective
it's = it is OR it has
• their = possessive adjective
they're = they are
there = adverb (I'm not going there / look over
there / there is a car outside)
• whose = possessive adjective
who's = who is OR who has
• Be careful! There is no apostrophe (')
in the possessive adjective "its". We
use an apostrophe to write the short
form of "it is" or "it has".
• For example:
it's raining = it is raining
it's finished = it has finished
• I'm taking my dog to the vet. It's
broken its leg.
Replace the personal pronouns by possessive
adjectives:
1. Where is (my) book?
2. Here is (our) teacher.
3. She goes to school with (her) brother.
4. (Their) father works in a car factory.
5. (Your) laptop is very expensive.
6. (His) favorite hobby is tennis.
7. (My) husband and I want to go to Paris.
8. We want to see (its) historical monuments.
9. Leila likes (her) dog !
10. (Its) name is Bobby.
• Choose the right possessive adjective:
1. Two students didn't do (their) mathematics homework.
2. I have a car (my) car is black.
3. We have a dog. (Its) name is Pancho.
4. Nancy is from England. (Her) husband is from Australia.
5. Farid and Nadia go to a high school. (Their) little brother
goes to primary school.
6. Mr O'Brian has a van. (His) van is very old.
7. We go to a high school. (Our) high school is fantastic.
8. I like singing. (My) mother sings with me.
9. François and Alain are French. (Their) family are from
France.
10. Mary loves (her) grandmother. She often visits her.