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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?



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

lm sorry but I could not  find a dictionary box here. 

Hello Lanapon,
The dictionary is on the right-hand side of the screen, at the bottom of the grey bar.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Great lesson!

Its aamir here and i have just joined.........

What is the difference between "Their" and "There".

Hello Lateef,
Have you tried looking these words up in the dictionary box at the right-hand side of the page?
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

I don't understand why
the dog wagged its tail  when it saw the postman
why its and not "their"?

Because (the dog) is singular and (its) is used with singular, while (their) is used with plural one .

Hello elpal 1
its mean"the dog turn round its tail when it saw the postman