Possessive Adjectives

Possessive Adjectives

Possessive Adjectives (Pronominal)

Possessive Adjectives

Possessive Adjectives are used to show that someone owns or possesses something. We use these adjectives attributively before a noun that it modifies.

Below is given a table which provides not only Possessive Adjectives but also the Pronouns in different forms for clear understanding.

Persons Personal Pronoun

Subject

Personal Pronoun

Object

Possessive Adjectives Possessive Pronouns
I- Person Me My Mine
We Us Our Ours
II- Person You You Your Yours
III Person He Him His His
She Her Her Hers
It It Its Its
They Them Their Theirs

 

Examples:

  • My friend is going to help me.
  • Our meeting has been postponed.
  • Your name has not been listed.
  • His father has sent him some amount.
  • Her friends help her in every way possible.
  • This college has its own premises.
  • All members attended the interview with their originals.

 

Examples of MY :

  1. My brother got selected for IAS.
  2. My dog’s name is Tomy.
  3. My friend has become suddenly ill.
  4. You cannot suspect my sincerity.

 

Examples of OUR:

  1. We cannot sometimes control our emotions.
  2. This is our school campus.
  3. I give value to our friendship.
  4. We have to be proud of our country.

 

Examples of YOUR:

  1. These are your belongings.
  2. Where have you parked your bike?
  3. What is your name?
  4. Is your house a new one?

 

Examples of HIS:

  1. Has he gone to his village?
  2. Did he submit his certificates?
  3. His name has been proposed by me.
  4. His property has been seized recently.

 

Examples of HER:

  1. Has she gone to her village?
  2. Did she submit her certificates?
  3. Her name has been proposed by me.
  4. Her property has been seized recently.
  5. She is too complex to be understood.

 

Examples of ITS:

  1. A country becomes great when its people are great.
  2. Now, every village has its own transportation.
  3. This team is powerful,  Its strength is its captain.
  4. Indian constitution is great because of its salient features.

 

Examples of THEIR:

  1. Are your sisters coming along with their children?
  2. Their parents are well educated. 
  3. The teacher asked the children to remember their marks.
  4. Unhealthy people should take good care of their health.

 

Points to Focus:

The difference between Possessive adjectives and Possessive Pronouns.

  • Possessive Adjectives modify nouns and used before them attributively.
  • Possessive Pronouns are used simply predicatively.

 

Examples for Possessive Adjectives

  • This is your car.
  • Their motorbike has been damaged.
  • My friend has helped the poor.
  • We bought a puppy and built its kennel

 

Examples for Possessive Pronouns

  • This car is yours.
  • This big building is mine.
  • These certificates are theirs.
  • That gigantic hound is hers.

 

Don’t get confused with Its vs. It’s

 

  • Its – means possessive adjective of It.
  • It’s – means a short form of it is / it has.

 

Examples:

  • A country becomes great when  it’s people are great (wrong)
  • A country becomes great when  its people are great (right)

 

Don’t get confused with your vs. you’re 

 

  • Your – means possessive adjective of You.
  • You’re – means a short form of you are.
  •  You’re (you are) responsible for your own mistakes

 

Don’t get confused with there, their and they’re

 

  • There – It is an adverb just shows a place like ‘here’
  • Their – means possessive adjective of they.
  • They’re – means a short form of they are.
  • There, they’re (they are) working with their friends.

 

Don’t get confused with whose vs. who’s 

 

  • Whose – means the possessive form of who.
  • Who’s – means a short form of who is / who has.
  • Who’s (Who is) proposing whose names?