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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


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?



That's a great question! There is no grammatical reason to say that it is one or another. We might guess through context that it is Mary's book, but that isn't certain. This is an example of an ambiguous sentence.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

I've asked different people, some of them said Mary's, some of them said Jessica's. Those ambiguous answers confused me.
So this is the most distinct answer I've had out of many ambiguous answers!
Thanks Adam! I can finally understand!

First try is 81.7% second try is 100%

Adamjk u are doing a great work. My own problem has to do with has  have . Moreover i find it difficult to start a discussion or debate Do u know why?

Thanks for the kind words. Are you saying that you find it hard to start a conversation in English? Who are you talking to and what do you want to talk to them about?
One great way to start a discussion is to ask the other person what they think!
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

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Huray... another section has past... it's a very fun way to learn english.. !!.

 she bought a gift for her boyfriend. 

Is it correct if I say: She bought a gift for your boyfriend ( but i mean her boyfriend)
Because in my language is correct.
Tks a lot

If I am talking to Sarah and I say 'Kate bought a gift for your boyfriend' in English, then I mean that Kate bought a gift for Sarah's boyfriend. Does that make it clearer?
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team