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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?



Some people use 'their' to refer to a person when they don't know if that person is a man or a woman. e.g. 'Any employee can bring their family to the Christmas party.' However, we usually only use it about humans, not animals.
When we don't know if an animal is male or female, we use 'its'. e.g. 'The cat ate its food.'
Let us know if you have any other questions.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

i am delighted to see that many people are sharing their is a sign that they practice English

Hi! my name's Amira and I'm new here . I have a question and hope someone answers me  . Which possessive adjective should i use with everyone, everybody, etc ? For example : everyone eats ..........breakfast.
A-his                  B-their                     C-both
I know that everyone is singular but i read here " when we are not sure if we re talking about a man or a woman we use they/them" . So please tell me what should i use ?

Hello princess_mo0on!
B is the most common answer these days. Older books generally just use his, and some writers will write his or her, but their is probably best. Both is definitely wrong, because that means 2!

Hope that helps

Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Sir ,
Thanks for answering my question and explaining .
oh and I meant by both both answers (A and b )

Hi my name's Abdou and I think that's A.

I've just noticed that "my, your,etc." belong to possessives adjectives. Thanks British Council!

dear sir
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I  really enjoy these exercises . 

Is this a question ? 
or should it be changed like '' you can '' ?
Can you match these possessive adjectives to the right personal pronouns: