Possessive and demonstrative pronouns and adjectives

To show possession of something in English we use Possessive adjectives. If we use them with people we refer to relationship and with objects we are referring to ownership. Possessive adjectives are presented in the chart

SUBJECT PRONOUNS

I
You
He
She
It
We
You
They

POSSESSIVE ADJECTIVES

My
Your
His
Her
Its
Our
Your
Their

Examples

I have a pink dress.
Anna has a black coat.
We have a big classroom.
My father’s name is Leonardo.
My dress is pink.
Her coat is black.
Our classroom is big.
Her sister is beautiful.

POSSESSIVE  ‘S

‘s   is used to show possession. With singular nouns, the possessive   ‘s   is used as in these examples:

Anna’s shoes are beautiful.
My car’s tires are old.
Andrea’s red dress is very short.
My sweater’s buttons are colorful.

With plural nouns, we use only the apostrophe   ‘   after the noun as in the examples:

My friends’ house is enormous.
Her parents’ driving license is expired.
Adults’ clothes are boring.

POSSESSIVE PRONOUNS

We use Possessive Pronouns to show possession or ownership. They can be used instead of a noun or noun phrase. We can use them after of.

SUBJECT PRONOUNS

I
You
He
She
It
We
You
They

POSSESSIVE PRONOUNS

Mine
Yours
His
Hers
Its
Ours
Yours
Theirs

Examples

Is that Guio’s scarf?
No, it’s mine.
My car is blue, yours is black.
Daniel is one of my brothers.
Daniel is a brother of mine.
Writing exercise

Read the following e-mail and fill in the blanks with the most suitable possessive adjective. Use capital letters where necessary.

Lee el siguiente correo electrónico y completa los espacios con el adjetivo posesivo que sea más correcto. Usa letras mayúsculas donde sea necesario.

Mail

Hi teacher,

I am a student at CCH Vallejo and this is my first homework. My name is Rocío. My best friends are also students at CCH. Their names are Gerardo and Celia. I like clothes very much. I have a lot of dresses. Celia´s clothes are fashionable. Her outfit includes jeans, sweaters and dotted blouses. Gerardo is more serious. His clothes are formal. His favorite pants are khaki and his favorite shirt is purple. Our clothing styles are not similar at all. We are very different, but I like our outfits. They are original and cool.

See you soon teacher.

Rocío.

Complete all the gaps to get feedback.

If you want to learn more about possessive adjetives check What do you look like?