Possessive Adjectives in English: Definition and Examples

Learn how to use possessive adjectives in English.

What Are Possessive Adjectives in English?

Possessive adjectives are used to show ownership or possession.

Subject pronouns + verb

Possessive adjectives + (adjectives) + noun

List of Subject Pronouns and their Possessive Adjectives

Here is a list of subject pronouns and their possessive adjectives:

  • I – my
  • You – your
  • He – his
  • She – her
  • It – its
  • We – our
  • They – their

Examples of Possessive Adjectives

  • It is my pen.
  • Your house is really beautiful.
  • Her temper hasn’t improved with age!
  • Never judge something by its looks.
  • This is our website.
  • Their living room is equipped with all kinds of modern appliances.

Difference between Subject Pronouns and Possessive Adjectives

  • Subject pronouns are I, you, he, she, it, we, they. Subject pronouns usually occur before a verb.

For example:

He is an English teacher.

They want to learn Chinese.

  • Possessive adjectives are my, your, his, her, its, our, their. Possessive adjectives occur before a noun (her hair) or a an adjective + noun (her new hair).
  • Possessive adjectives have no singular or plural. They are used with both singular and plural nouns (his ball, his balls).

Possessive Adjectives in English

Possessive Adjectives in English: Definition and Examples

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