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Possessives: adjectives

Level: beginner

Subject Object Possessive adjective
I me my 
you you your
he him his
she her her
it it its
we us our
they them their

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.

Possessives: adjectives

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Be careful!

The possessive adjective its does not have an apostrophe ('):

That bird has broken its (NOT it's) wing.

(it's always means it is or it has.)

its or it's?

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have a nice time

Making excuses is Idle's man Job.
Can u correct pls

Hello AbdulMohsin,

It sounds like a translation of an idiom so I'm not completely sure how it should be written to be as close as possible to the original meaning.  However, I would suggest:

Making excuses is an idle man's trade.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

sir , in sentence ''did you know cyclist shave their  legs'',i can use ''your'' in place of ''their''

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,

 

Peter

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,
Adam
The LearnEnglish Team

Great lesson!

Hi,
Its aamir here and i have just joined.........

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

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