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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 Restomix,

The meaning here is that the snow was so bright that he had to blink his eyes. Similar sentences would be:

The temperature was so low that it made me shiver.

It was such a sad film that it made me cry.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

is it correct to use "their" in this sentence:
"The person couldn't find their car" as we don't know the gender of the person?

Hello outisonline,

Yes, that is quite correct.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team


What is the principal difference between Possessive adjectives and possessive pronouns?

"This house is mine."

Why can't we call "mine" as predicative adjective here as it is followed by verb (is)

Hello amol,

That's a great question and is very observant of you! There is some debate among linguists on how to classify these words (see this Wikipedia article for a little more about this), but that's an area we don't get involved in here, where our main purpose is to help people learn to use English rather than classify it. I'd recommend you remember what you've noticed and take the idea that 'mine' is a pronoun with a grain of salt - it's useful in many contexts, but not all.

I hope that sounds all right to you. Please let us know if you have any other questions.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Something wrong with this exercise: I answer with correct adjectives, but they seem all wrong (they are all red), when I check with "show answers" , they are correct !!

Hello maridewa,

That's very strange! I just did the exercise myself, and it was working correctly. Are you putting extra spaces or using capital letters? I'm afraid I don't know what could be causing this and it's difficult for me to ask our technical team about it if I cannot reproduce the error. Does the same thing happen when you do similar exercises on other pages? For example, our comparative adjectives page?

Sorry about this!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I am very anxious with this task and question. So, I do, but I still have mistake. I try again and the result is good. Thank you

Sorry, I didn't understand that it was a task, not rule.

I'm sorry, may be I'm too silly, but look at your table