Determiners – General determiners rules of English grammar

What are possessive adjectives?

Possessive adjectives – my, your, his, her, its, our, your, their – modify the noun following it in order to show possession.

Examples:

I’ll get my bag.
Is this your luggage?

Possessive adjectives are often confused with possessive pronouns.

Examples:

⇒ Your bike is blue. (your is an adjective which modifies bike)
Mine is yellow. (mine is a pronoun which functions as the subject of the verb is)

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Why didn’t you clean your room?
⇔ (your modifies the noun room)
Mary doesn’t like her dress.
⇔ (her modifies the noun dress)
The chameleon can change its color.
⇔ (its modifies the noun color)
Her hair is long.His hair is short




Things to remember:

1. Possessive adjectives are different from possessive pronouns.

This is your (possessive adjective) book and this is mine (possessive pronoun).

2. its, their are possessive adjectives.

⇒ Its color is beautiful.

⇒ Their car is in their garage.

3. it’s, they’re and there are not possessive adjectives — its is a contraction of it is or it has; they’re is a contraction of they are; there is an adverb of place.

⇒ It’s not my book = It is not my book.
My house is big. It’s got five bedrooms = It has got five bedrooms.
Nancy and Alan are from New York. They’re my friends = They are my friends.
Please, put the chair there. (adverb)

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