Possessive Adjectives

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Possessive Adjectives
We have talked about adjectives in Lesson Three and seen that they are
describing words. e.g. the red book, the tall tree and so on.
However that is (as usual) not the end of the story, as there are many kinds
of adjectives, depending on what exactly you wish to say.
Now we are going to look at possessive adjectives; that is, adjectives that
show possession. And the simplest way of showing them is to list them, as
we do below. Here they are:
SINGULAR
1 my
2 your
3 his, her,
its
PLURAL
1 our
2 your
3 their
Examples
My book, his sister, our friends etc.
Possessive Pronouns
We have had Subject and Object Pronouns, both Direct and Indirect, now
we are going to have a look at Possessive Pronouns. These are words
replacing nouns, and at the same time indicating possession. What a
combination! Again the simplest method of explaining Possessive Pronouns
is to show them, and then give examples:
1 mine
2 yours
3 his, hers,
its
1 ours
2 yours
3 theirs
Examples of Possessive Adjectives and Pronouns
a) She has her(adjective) book, I have mine (pronoun)!
b) You will go your (adjective) way, they will go theirs (pronoun)!
c) Have you your(adjective) sandwiches?
We have ours (pronoun)!
Now we come to the third and last Activity, which will combine practice on all
the points brought into this Lesson. The best of luck - you have the Key after
this lesson.
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Activity 3
1) Put the following sentences into the negative:
a)
These girls speak English.
b)
Who knows how much to pay?
c)
Am I the best of the bunch?
d)
We ought to see this film.
2) Turn the following statements into questions:
a) You have plenty of money.
b) They see what I see.
C)
We write to our friends.
d)
The footballers ought to score more goals.
3) Fill in the gaps with the appropriate Possessive Adjective
or Pronoun:
a)
Have you money. Elizabeth has______.
b)
They do not have_____ books with them.
C)
I wish I had brought________ swimming costume. Have
you got_____?
d)
We do not know which is worse, _____ game or_____
Key
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Activity One
a)
b)
c)
d)
e)
g)
h)
Paul doesn’t put his book in his bag.
We don’t wish to see the film this evening.
You oughtn’t to be in here.
She doesn’t write the letter with a black pen.
The train doesn’t arrive promptly.
f) I mustn’t see you!
They don’t know a great many interesting things.
The children don’t play in the street.
Activity Two
a)
Or:
b)
c)
d)
e)
f)
g)
h)
Either: Has Stephen some chocolate in his pocket?
Does Stephen have some chocolate in his pocket?
Do you know the way to the station?
Can we see the sea from the top of the hill?
Will you please come in?
Aren’t I very happy to see you?
Are we going into town this morning?
Are the shops open on Sunday this week?
Does Mary bring her bicycle into the shed?
Activity Three
1
a)
b)
c)
d)
These girls do not speak English
Who doesn’t know how much to pay?
Aren’t I the best of the bunch?
We oughtn’t to see the film
2
a)
b)
c)
d)
Have you (do you have) plenty of money?
Do they see what I see?
Do we write to our friends?
Ought the footballers to score more goals
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a)
b)
c)
d)
Have you your money? Elizabeth has hers.
They do not have their books with them.
I wish I had brought my swimming costume. Have you got yours?
We do not know which is worse, your game or ours.
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