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Possessive Adjectives

Possessive adjective: show ownership or relationship and are based on subject pronouns. Possessive adjectives answer the question, “whose?”

Personal pronouns: I, you, he, she, it, we, you, and they. Possessive adjectives come from personal pronouns and express possession.


Let’s look at this chart of Possessive Adjectives:

Singular: 1st: My 2nd: Your 3rd: his, her, its
Plural: 1st: Our 2nd: Your 3rd: Their


Singular examples:

Jake is my friend.

My = 1st person, singular possessive adjective


Ruff is your dog.

Your = 2nd person, singular possessive adjective


Who does this ball belong to? It belongs to her.

Her = 3rd person, singular possessive adjective, feminine.


*remember* In English the words, “his” and “her” relate to the person who is the owner.


Plural examples:

San Roque is our neighborhood.

Our = 1st person, plural possessive adjective.


Excuse me Jeff and sally, are the towels yours?

Yours = 2nd person, plural possessive adjective.


I believe these are their balloons.

Their = 3rd person, plural possessive adjective


Further understanding of the possessive adjectives, “his” and “her”

“His” is used to show possession or relationship to a boy or man.

“Her” is used to show possession or relationship to a girl or woman.



His mother Julie

His = masculine possessive adjective

Mother = feminine noun


“His” modifies the noun, “mother.” “His” shows relationship between the male subject noun and the feminine noun, “mother”


Her father Alex


Her = feminine possessive adjective

Father = masculine noun


“Her” modifies the noun father. “Her” shows relationship between the female subject noun and the masculine noun, “father.”


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