46 Adjectives/Pronouns – Possessive


The Possessive Case is used to show that one thing belongs to another thing.

Possessive Adjective

Possessive Adjectives are used together with nouns.

I My
You Your
He His
She Her
It Its
We Our
You Your
They Their

Possessive Pronouns

Possessive Pronouns are used in the place of a noun.

I Mine
You Yours
He His
She Hers
It Its
We Ours
You Yours
They Theirs

Possessive adjectives

  • My father and I are policemen.
  • Is this her house?
  • Our cat doesn’t like fish.

Possessive pronouns

  • It is not her sandwich, it’s mine.
  • This is hers.
  • His house is big, but ours is small.

We use Possessive Case to show that something belongs to someone.

Possessive Adjectives and Possessive Pronouns have the similar meanings but Possessive Pronouns are used to avoid repetitions.

Possessive Adjectives are actually determiners but in dictionaries or grammar books they are usually referred to as Adjectives.

We use Possessive Adjectives or Pronouns to express the belonging of something to a person or animal. As with any type of pronoun, we distinguish them by number (singular, plural) and gender (masculine, feminine, neutral).

There is a key difference between the two Possessive Adjectives are used before a noun, Possessive Pronouns are used without a noun following it.

For example:
— “Your new shoes are very nice.” – “The your new shoes are very nice.= Your here is the adjective that describes another element in the sentence, so it is a Possessive Adjective.
— “Who does this T-shirt belong to? – That’s mine” – “Who does this T-shirt belong to? – That’s the mine! ” = Mine is used to replace another element in the sentence, so it is a Possessive Pronoun.
— “It is not her sandwich, it’s my sandwich.” – “
It is not her sandwich, it’s mine.” -= 


NOTE: We don’t use articles and other determiners before Possessive Adjectives and Pronouns.

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