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.




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,
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]



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.



The LearnEnglish Team

sir , i have query related to possessive adjective

1. I have completed my graduation .
2. I have completed graduation
which one is correct ?
should we always use possessive adj before objective noun.

3. i am coming directly /to my office /from the station/no error.
which part has error ,please explain with detail explanation.

Hello dhayalsomednra09,

Not every objective noun has a possessive adjective before it. If you read through an article in our Magazine, for example, you'll get a sense for this. You could say either sentence 1 or 2, but to be honest I'd probably just say 'I have graduated' or 'I graduated'.

In number 3 I think you're supposed to choose one of the answers after 'I am coming directly'. Which one do you think it is? It's better if you tell us what you think the answer is and explain to us what you understand or don't understand. That way you have to think about it a bit and we can see how you understand things. In the end, you will learn more that way.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I have some questions about this grammar points. I hope you can explain to me.
1. If the sentence is "Where is my pillow?" and I am asked to change it into the plural form, can I write "Where are our pillows?"?
2. Can I change the sentence "Their shelves are clean." into the singular form like "Her/his shelf is clean."?
3. For a sentence like "I have to put a pizza on my table.", can I just change it into "We have to put pizzas on our table" instead of "our tables"?

I do look forward to hearing from you.

Many thanks.

Hello Joowon,

Yes, you could rewrite sentence 1 like that. You could perhaps also say 'my pillows'. Both are grammatically correct. Your versions of 2 and 3 are also correct. You could say 'our table' or 'our tables' -- it depends on what you mean, but both are grammatically correct.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team