Possessive Adjective        +        Noun

Examples:
  • My dog is big.
  • Her cat is brown.
  • Their sister works downtown.


Noun        +        Possessive Pronoun

Examples:

  • The dog is mine.
  • The brown cat is hers.
  • The car is ours.


Possessive adjectives go before the noun and possessive
pronouns go after the noun.

Examples:        

  • This is my car.
  • The car is mine.

  • Is that your pen?
  • Is that pen yours?


Here is a list of the possessive adjectives and possessive
pronouns:













Another way to show possession is to use an apostrophe.  For
more information on using the apostrophe, try this page:
Apostrophe Lesson


To practice possessives, try these tests:

Possessive Adjectives Test
Possessive Adjectives Test 2
Possessives Test
Possessives Test 2
Possessive Adjectives
Possessive Pronouns
MY
MINE
YOUR
YOURS
HIS
HIS
HER
HERS
ITS
ITS
OUR
OURS
THEIR
THEIRS
possessives
possessives
Possessive pronouns and
adjectives are two different
ways to show possession in
English.

The lesson below shows you
how to use them.  Click on
the tests at the bottom of the
page to test your
understanding.

Possessives

Business English
Would you like to learn more about pronouns?  Try these