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What Are Possessive Adjectives?

What Are Possessive Adjectives?

The possessive adjectives are:
  • my
  • your
  • his
  • her
  • its
  • our
  • their
  • whose
Possessive adjectives are used to indicate who (or what) owns something.

Examples of Possessive Adjectives

Here are some possessive adjectives in sentences:
  • My head goes woozy when you climb your ladder.
  • Take his spoon and put it by your plate.
  • She got her looks from her father. He's a plastic surgeon. (Groucho Marx)
  • It only wants its ball back.

Possessive Adjectives Are a Type of Pronoun

A pronoun is a word that replaces a noun. As possessive adjectives replace nouns, they are classified as pronouns. For this reason, they are also called possessive pronouns. The term possessive pronoun covers all the pronouns that demonstrate ownership. Look at these examples:
  • This is Sarah's hat.
  • This is her hat.
  • (In this example, the possessive adjective her replaces Sarah. That's why it's classified as a pronoun as well as an adjective.)
  • This hat is hers.
  • (In this example, the word hers replaces Sarah's hat. Therefore, hers is a possessive pronoun too. As it's one that can stand alone, it is known as an absolute possessive pronoun.)

It's is not a Possessive Adjective

There is no apostrophe in the possessive adjective its.

Its has nothing to do with it's, which is a contraction of it is or it has.

Read more about its and it's.

You're is not a Possessive Adjective

There is no apostrophe in the possessive adjective your.

Your has nothing to do with you're, which is a contraction of you are.

Read more about your and you're.
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