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.

Exercise

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Is the possessive s an adjective?

Hello Jenny,

Apostrophe + 's' in this case is a possessive determiner. It can show possession or other relationships. You can read more about it in the Wikipedia and on this page.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

So what you mean to say is, 'sports' here is an adjective and leisure activity is an adjective too!

I am still confused why is there an 's' in sports? Why it was not written 'sport'?

Why the writer had to separate it with 'and' then added the word 'leisure activity'?

Cycling is mainly a sports and leisure activity.

Please explain why is there an 'S' in 'sports.'
Is it as a plural or related to leisure and activity?

Hello Sad,

Speakers of American English tend to say 'sports' where speakers of British English would say 'sport', which I think might be way 'sports' is used in the sentence you refer to. Does that make sense?

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

But this was written in Cambridge exam!
As I tried to analyse it, it looks like the 's' in sports refer to leisure and activity. But I am not sure and confused!

Any other explanation please.

Hello Sad,

The word 'sports' here is an adjective. We see it used most often in phrases like these:

sports day [a day in school devoted to races and similar competitions]

sports shoes [trainers or sneakers]

sports activities [different types of sport]

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks for your reply.
But then, it means that it can be considered as possessive! For example: The day of sports!

If yes, then why 'and' came after it? ' Is mainly a sports and leisure activity'

Shouldn't it be written 'a sports leisure activity?'

Why did the writer put 'and'?

It is really confusing!

Hello Sad,

The possessive form would have an apostrophe, as in Peter's dog.

This is an adjective and describes the noun ('day'). It does not show possession or ownership.

There is an and because two adjectives are used to form one adjectival phrase. There are many such phrases which typically occur with 'and'. For example: a sport and leisure centre, a town and country club, a training and development programme.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

So what you mean to say is, 'sports' here is an adjective and leisure activity is an adjective too!
I am still confused why is there an 's' in sports? Why it was not written 'sport'?
Why the writer had to separate it with 'and' then added the word 'leisure activity'?

And how 'sports' is considered an adjective here if it is always a noun?

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