What Are Possessive Determiners?
Possessive determiners (also called possessive adjectives in traditional grammar) are words that come before nouns and show possession and ownership.
Possessive Determiners in English
Determiner or Pronoun?
Pay attention to these three possessive determiners and contracted forms. They are homophones, which means they sound the same but have different meanings and spelling.
'It's' is the contracted form of 'it is'.
My cat has broken
Here, 'its' is a possessive determiner.
All you have learned so far is to use possessive determiners to tell someone owns something. To ask for the owner of something use the term whose.
Possessive determiners are followed by a 'noun'. But the interrogative word 'whose' is not necessarily followed by a 'noun'. To make the interrogative sentences wh-word 'whose' is followed by a yes/no question.
- Look at the possessive determiners for each person and how to question them.
|persons||possessive determiners||examples||interrogative sentences|
|first person singular||my||
||Whose stuff were in Bonny's house|
|second person singular||your||
||Whose dog is this?|
|third person singular (female)||her||
||Whose car was parked at the corner of the street?|
|third person singular (male)||his||
||Whose name was Betty?|
|third person singular (neuter)||its||
They injected in to
||Whose hand did they inject?|
|first person plural||our||
They wanted to break in to
||Whose house did they want to break in to?|
|second person plural||your||Your mothers are waiting for you to come.||Whose mothers are waiting?|
|third person (neuter)||their||
||Whose policy was to stay fair-minded?|
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