Adjectives are determiners that can be placed in two different positions within a sentence to modify or describe a person or a thing.
The possessive case is used to show that one thing belongs to someone.
Possessive adjectives are used together with nouns. We don’t use articles and other determiners before possessive adjectives.
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- My father and I are policemen.
- Is this her house?
- Our cat doesn’t like fish.
We use possessive adjectives to show that something belongs to someone.
Possessive adjectives are actually determiners but in dictionaries or grammar books they are usually referred to as adjectives.
We use possessive adjectives to express the belonging of something to a person or animal. We distinguish them by number (singular, plural) and gender (masculine, feminine, neutral).
The possessive adjectives are used before a noun.
— “It is not her sandwich, it’s my sandwich.” = Her/my is the adjective that describes another element in the sentence, so it is a possessive adjective.
— “It is not her sandwich, it’s mine.” = Mine is used to replace another element in the sentence, so it is a possessive pronoun.
NOTE: We don’t use articles and other determiners before possessive adjectives.
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