What Are Possessive Adjectives?
What Are Possessive Adjectives?A possessive adjective modifies a noun or a pronoun to show who (or what) owns something. For example:
Here is a list of the possessive adjectives:
Examples of Possessive AdjectivesHere are some examples of possessive adjectives in sentences:
|I||my||I like my new car.|
|you||your||You can leave your hat on.|
|he||his||He accidentally cut his finger.|
|she||her||She plays to her strengths.|
|it||its||It will show its teeth.|
|we||our||We have our reasons.|
|they||their||They washed their hands.|
|who||whose||Whose writing is this?|
Examples of Possessive AdjectivesHere are some more examples of 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 and Possessive PronounsHere is a list of personal pronouns with their corresponding possessive adjectives and possessive pronouns (i.e., their possessive forms):
|Personal Pronoun||Possessive Form|
|Possessive Adjective||Possessive Pronoun|
Possessive Adjectives Are Technically Possessive PronounsA pronoun is a word that replaces a noun. As possessive adjectives replace nouns, you will occasionally (and rather unhelpfully) see them classified as possessive pronouns. Look at this example:
- 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.)