Possessive Adjectives

What are possessive adjectives in English?

Possessive Adjectives
Introduction


1) An adjective is a word or set of words that modifies (i.e. describes) a noun (e.g. girl, boy etc.) or pronoun (e.g. we, it etc.). Adjectives may come before or after the word they modify.

This is a cute cat. This cat is cute.
2) There are many kinds of adjectives. Among them there is a category of limiting adjectives. They help to define or ‘limit’ a noun or pronoun by telling which one, what kind, or how many.

This sandwich is delicious.

In the category of limiting adjectives there are possessive adjectives. Possessive adjectives modify the noun following it in order to show possession. These adjectives are my, your, his, her, its, our, their.

I told my friend that I like someone, then she told that to her friend, and that friend told that to his friends, and now everyone knows everything.

Here is a chart to help you learn which possessive adjective to us.

Person
Subject
Object
Possessive Adjective
Possessive Pronoun
First Singular
I
me
my (cat)
mine
Second Singular
You
you
your (cat)
yours
Third Singular
He
him
his (cat)
his


She
her
her (cat)
hers


It
it
its (cat)
its
First Plural
We
us
our (cat)
ours
Second Plural
You
you
Your (cat)
yours
Third Plural
They
them
Their (cat)
theirs

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