POSSESSIVE ADJECTIVES, and
If you want to say something BELONGS TO someone, or something, you use a POSSESSIVE DETERMINER.
Sometimes possessive determiners are called possessive adjectives, although the sentence placement of possessive determiners does not always follow the same rules as adjectives.
A possessive determiner may also include possessive forms made from nouns and noun phrases, such as Jo’s, the family’s, everyone’s.
Sometimes possessive determiners are called possessive pronouns. But, not all possessive pronouns are determiners.
We’ve included a list below to help you use possessive determiners in a grammatically correct way. For most English language learners, that should be the main focus.
example: This is my computer.
(This computer belongs to me.)
example: Is this your coffee cup?
(The coffee cup belongs to you.)
example: Maria didn’t remember his name.
(The name belongs to a man/boy.)
example: Do you have her phone number?
(The phone number belongs to a woman/girl.)
example: The dog licked its paws.
(The paws belong to the dog.)
Note: The incorrect use of ITS is one of the most common mistakes in written English.
example: That is their house.
(The house belongs to more than one person, not including me.)
example: This is our car.
(The car belongs to us.)
example: Whose car is that?
(To whom does that car belong? or Who owns that car?)
If you want more information on the differences between possessive adjectives, possessive determiners and possessive pronouns, Wikipedia has a detailed explanation.
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