possessives: adjectives


Can you match these possessive adjectives to the right personal pronouns?

its, your, my, their, our, her, his


Subject Object Possessive
I me  
You you  
He him  
She her  
It it  
We us  
They them  


We use possessive adjectives:

• to show something belongs to somebody:

That’s our house.
My car is very old.

• for relations and friends:

My mother is a doctor.
How old is your sister?

• for parts of the body:

He’s broken his arm.
She’s washing her hair.
I need to clean my teeth.



Hello yogesh mani tripathi,

Grammatically, you can substitute 'your' for 'their' as both as possessive pronouns.  However, the meaning is very different!  If the sentence is with 'their' then the cyclists are shaving their own legs.  If the sentence is with 'your' then you would be saying that the cyclists shave the legs of the person you are talking to... and asking that person if they know about it.  A very odd sentence and not very likely!

I hope that clarifies it for you.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

lm sorry but I could not  find a dictionary box here. 

Hello Lanapon,
The dictionary is on the right-hand side of the screen, at the bottom of the grey bar.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

What is the difference between "Their" and "There".

Hello Lateef,
Have you tried looking these words up in the dictionary box at the right-hand side of the page?
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

I don't understand why
the dog wagged its tail  when it saw the postman
why its and not "their"?

Because (the dog) is singular and (its) is used with singular, while (their) is used with plural one .