Possessives for intermediate learners
Possessives are used to indicate possessions. In this lesson, we will discuss the different types of possessives, including nouns, determiners, and pronouns.
What Are Possessives?
When we want to talk about possession or different relationships between people and items, we use possessives. They can be nouns or pronouns.
When we want to show a relation of possession between two nouns, we can simply add the possessive
I'm at my cousin
Molly is talking to that stranger
In order to avoid repetition or to show the belongings of a noun, we mainly use possessive pronouns. The following table shows all possessive pronouns in English:
|First Person Singular
|Second Person Singular
|Third Person Singular (Male)
|Third Person Singular (Female)
|First Person Plural
|Third Person Plural
Now, let us examine some examples below:
Is this bag
Your car is nothing compared to
Please note that 'whose' can be followed by a noun or it can be used alone.
We can use possessives in many contexts, such as:
- To Show Belonging and Possession
- To Show Relationship Between People
- To Refer to Different Locations
Now, let us see some examples for each:
This is John
Here, it shows possession.
Here, it is showing a relationship between two people.
I'm going to Melvin
Here, it refers to a location, a house, a café, etc.