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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?



Good point! I think the person writing that sentence probably forgot they were writing a question when they got to the end and put a colon instead to lead into the pronouns.
I've fixed it. Do tell us if you see any other problems on this site.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

dear sir
I am fatma from egypt im live now in USA with my husband i try 2 learn english , but i have some plm if u please can u help me in this , i need plan 2 get start well .. sorry about my english i just need help 2 get ajob & life in this community ..  thank u

I wish I  aware earlier  how important English is to my life.( not sure i wrote correctly)..
Somebody please help me to understand what is the difference between no and none, no and don't
such as : i don't need & i no need.
Thanks in advance.

Hello mydang!


In answer to your question, you are mixing 3 different ideas about no. 'No' is a word that we usually  use on its own. You sometimes use none to answer questions about things ('Do you have any money?' 'None'). 'Don't' is used with verbs. We never use no before verbs, so I don't need it is good, but I no need is wrong. This page on negative verbs might help you!


Hope that helps!

Jeremy Bee
The Learn English Team

Some words are used with one spelling as nouns and another spelling as verb,such as 'advice' and 'advise', 'practice' and 'practise'.Are there any other words like that? Kindly let me know if there are any.

Mary saw Jessica takes her book.
what does 'her' refer to? Mary's or Jessica's?

That's a great question! There is no grammatical reason to say that it is one or another. We might guess through context that it is Mary's book, but that isn't certain. This is an example of an ambiguous sentence.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

I've asked different people, some of them said Mary's, some of them said Jessica's. Those ambiguous answers confused me.
So this is the most distinct answer I've had out of many ambiguous answers!
Thanks Adam! I can finally understand!

First try is 81.7% second try is 100%

Adamjk u are doing a great work. My own problem has to do with has  have . Moreover i find it difficult to start a discussion or debate Do u know why?