Possessive adjectives

Possessive adjectives: my, your, his, her, its, our and their



We use possessive adjectives to show who owns or “possesses” something.

The possessive adjectives are:

my, your, his, her, its, our and their

My – This is my car.

His – his name is Bill.

Her – Her name is Caren.

Its – The dog is liking its paw.

Our – We purchased our house.

Your – Your dress is lovely.

Their – We enjoyed our lesson.


There is no apostrophe (‘) in the possessive adjective “its“. We use an apostrophe to write the short form of “it is” or “it has”.

For example:
it’s raining = it is raining
it’s finished = it has finished

I’m taking my dog to the vet. It’s broken its leg.


your is a possessive adjective
you’re is not. It means “you are”.

its is a possessive adjective
it’s is not a possessive adjective. It means “it is OR it has”

there is a possessive adjective
they’re is not. It means “they are”

whose is a possessive adjective
who’s is not. It means “who is OR who has”

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