Using Possessive Determiners (Possessive Adjectives)

Possessive determiners, or possessive adjectives, tell us who owns something.

We use a possessive determiner before a noun to show who owns the noun we are talking about.

Kate gave me your book.

'Your' is a possessive determiner. It tells us that you own the book.

Types of Possessive Determiners

We use different possessive determiners depending on who owns the thing we are talking about.

Possessive Determiners
Subject Possessive Determiner
I my
we our
you your
they their
he his
she her
it its

That is my pen.

I am talking about a pen. I own the pen.

Their house is on Spring Street.

I am talking about a house. They own the house.

Kate gave me your book.

I am talking about a book. You own the book.

Possessive pronouns also tell us who owns something. We use possessive pronouns instead of a noun.

You can also make a noun possessive by using possessive 's.

Using Possessive Determiners

We use a possessive determiner before a noun.

possessive determiner + noun

We use a possessive determiner instead of other determiners.

Kate gave me your book.

Kate gave me a book.

Kate gave me this book.

'Your', 'a', and 'this' are different types of determiners. They tell us different things about the noun, 'book'.