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.
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Possessives

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Possessive Adjectives
Possessive Pronouns
MY
MINE
YOUR
YOURS
HIS
HIS
HER
HERS
ITS
ITS
OUR
OURS
THEIR
THEIRS
First, let's start with the structure:

Possessive Adjectives

Possessive Adjective        +        Noun

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


Possessive Pronouns

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. Here are some 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