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. We will learn all about them in this lesson.
When we want to form a connection between two nouns, we can simply add the possessive
I'm at my cousin
Molly is talking to that stranger
Please note that when we have regular plural nouns, we must not add an
We're going to her parents
As you can see, parents is a plural noun.
In order to prevent repetition or to show a noun's belongings, we mainly use possessive pronouns. The following table shows all possessive pronouns in English:
|First Person Singular||Mine|
|Second Person Singular||Yours|
|Third Person Singular (Male)||His|
|Third Person Singular (Female)||Hers|
|First Person Plural||Ours|
|Third Person Plural||Theirs|
Now, let us examine some examples below:
Is this bag
Your car is nothing compared to
Please note that these pronouns are never followed by nouns or noun phrases.
Please note that whose can be followed by a noun or it can come alone.
We can use possessives for 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.