Possessive Adjective: Tips and Tricks, Definition, Rules, and Examples

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Possessive Adjective

As you all are well aware of the terms possessive nouns and possessive pronouns similarly we have possessive adjective that denote possessions or ownership of a particular thing or object. We will understand the meaning, definition, usage, examples, and difference between possessive adjectives and possessive pronouns in this blog.

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What Are Possessive Adjectives?

The words that are used before a noun that denotes possession or ownership of that noun are called possessive adjectives. Let’s understand with the help of example:

                                                  Adj  Noun

                           Rajat has lost his keys.

In the above example, Rajat (subject) lost keys(noun), and the word his denotes possession which explains to us that Rajat lost his keys basically whose keys ??? His keys so the term his is used to show ownership here.

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Key List of Possessive Adjectives in English Grammar 

Possessive adjectives change according to the personal pronouns and gender of the person who owns the nouns. Possessive adjectives can be used at the beginning, middle, and end of the sentence. Read the table carefully:

Pronouns(1st, 2nd, 3rd person)The Subject of the PronounPossessive Adjectives
Ist person singularImy
2nd person singularyouyour
3rd person singularhe she it his her its 
Ist person pluralweour
2nd person pluralyouyour
3rd person pluraltheytheir

Examples of Possessive Adjectives

Let’s understand the examples of possessive adjectives and their usage through the table below. 

Subject Pronoun (1st, 2nd, 3rd person)Possessive Adjectives Examples in Detail 
IMyI like my bag.
YouYourWhere are your belongings?
HeHisI am holding his hat.
She HerThis is her house.
It ItsIts fur is too soft.
We OurThey are going to our house.
You (plural)YourDid you all have your lunch today?
TheyTheirI am going to their house.

Difference Between Possessive Adjectives And Possessive Pronouns

It is very important for us to understand the basic difference between possessive adjectives and possessive pronouns so go through the table thoroughly to have a better understanding of the concept.

Possessive AdjectivesPossessive Pronouns
DefinitionPossessive adjectives are used before a noun to describe more information about the possession or the ownership of that noun.I play football. He is a doctor.
Place Possessive adjectives can be used at the beginning, middle, or in the end of the sentence.Possessive pronouns can never be placed at the beginning of the sentence.
ExamplesThis is my football.I like his profession.I play football.He is a doctor.

Exercise on Possessive Adjectives

Fill in the suitable possessive adjective in the following blanks:

  1. Have you met _______ sister? Don’t I look like ______?
  2. Reena bought a new car. Have you seen _______ car?
  3. Ridhi and Rahul are getting married.______ wedding is on 12th of November.
  4. We have recently purchased a dog but no one likes _____ dog in the apartments.
  5. ________ Science teacher gave us a project on the solar system.
  6. He has ______houseboat in Srinagar.
  7. Ridhi is going to Canada tomorrow. At what time ______ flight would leave?
  8. I have to buy new paint colours to finish ____ painting project.
  9. Do you know where _______ husband works?
  10. All the students will bring ______ certificates tomorrow.

Answers

Match your answers with the solved exercise given below:

  1. Have you met my sister? Don’t I look like her?
  2. Reena bought a new car. Have you seen her car?
  3. Ridhi and Rahul are getting married. Their wedding is on the 12th of November.
  4. We have recently purchased a dog but no one likes our dog in the apartments.
  5. Our Science teacher gave us a project on the solar system.
  6. He has his houseboat in Srinagar.
  7. Ridhi is going to Canada tomorrow. At what time her flight would leave?
  8. I have to buy new paint colours to finish my painting project.
  9. Do you know where her husband works?
  10. All the students will bring their certificates tomorrow.

FAQs 

What are Possessive Adjectives?

The words that are used to describe the ownership or possession of something basically tell us that a particular thing or object belongs to whom. For example, I am playing with my ball. In this example, the ball is the noun, and the word “my” describes the possession that the ball belongs to. So, here “my” is the possessive pronoun that gives extra information about the ball.

Write the difference between Possessive Adjectives and Possessive Pronouns with an example.

Possessive adjectives are used to qualify nouns whereas possessive pronouns are used in place of nouns they are not used to qualify the noun. For example, Rita loves to speak English but she lacks confidence. Possessive Pronoun Rita is carrying her beautiful bag. Possessive Adjective

Write some examples of Possessive Adjective.

Some of the possessive adjectives are his, her, their, my, our, your, his, her, its, etc

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Types of Adjectives
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Interrogative AdjectivesNumerical Adjectives
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Compound AdjectivesPredicative Adjectives
Attributive AdjectivesComparative Adjectives
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