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 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,



The LearnEnglish Team

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