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

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

 

Subject Object Possessive Adjective
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.

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hi !

is this an example of possessive adjective? "the baby´s ill."

Hello mgfielrocha,

No, the 's in the baby's ill is a contraction. A contraction is a shorter form of one or two words. In this case, 's is a contraction of is, so the sentence without a contraction would be the baby is ill.

By the way, there is a useful list of the most common contractions in English in the Cambridge Dictionary.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello. Kindly, when you have a possessive adjective with a list of objects it possesses, do you attend the possessive adjective with only the first object it possesses in the list; or kindly, do you attend it with each object it possesses in the list, e.g. Kindly, those are my brown, my black and my white wallets or Kindly, those are my brown, black and white wallets? Kindly, please advise. Thank you. - Matthew

Hello Matthewandannmarie,

The possessive adjective does not need to be repeated. Normally we would therefore say:

These are my brown, black and white wallets.

If for some reason it was important to emphasise that each is 'my' and not, for example, 'her' wallet then you might repeat the possessive adjective, but this would be unusual.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello! Could you tell me diference between "our" and "ours" )))

Hello khatalieva,

'Our' is an example of a possessive adjective. We use 'our' when it is followed by a noun:

Whose is this book?

It's our book.

'Ours' is an example of a possessive pronoun. We use 'ours' when no noun is included:

Whose is this book?

It's ours.

You can read more about these forms in this section of our site.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello, dear teachers. Could you help me to realize the next sentence?
The brightness of the snow made him blink.

Hello Restomix,

The meaning here is that the snow was so bright that he had to blink his eyes. Similar sentences would be:

The temperature was so low that it made me shiver.

It was such a sad film that it made me cry.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello,
is it correct to use "their" in this sentence:
"The person couldn't find their car" as we don't know the gender of the person?
Thanks

Hello outisonline,

Yes, that is quite correct.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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