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Possessive Adjectives

What are possessive adjectives in English?

Possessive Adjectives

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.

Possessive Adjective
Possessive Pronoun
First Singular
my (cat)
Second Singular
your (cat)
Third Singular
his (cat)

her (cat)

its (cat)
First Plural
our (cat)
Second Plural
Your (cat)
Third Plural
Their (cat)

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