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Possessive Adjectives. Whose is it?. Possessive Pronouns. Each personal pronoun has a possessive adjective. I have a white cat. My cat’s name is Rose. You have an ESL class. Your class is at Mt. SAC. Ken and Quyt like movies. His favorite is Star Wars and her favorite is Titanic .

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Possessive adjectives

Possessive Adjectives

Whose is it?


Possessive pronouns
Possessive Pronouns

  • Each personal pronoun has a possessive adjective.

    • I have a white cat. My cat’s name is Rose.

    • You have an ESL class. Your class is at Mt. SAC.

    • Ken and Quyt like movies. His favorite is Star Wars and her favorite is Titanic.

    • Their cars are both Toyota Corollas.

    • We have three boys. Our children like to ride bicycles in the park.


Singular nouns
Singular Nouns

  • We use an apostrophe + s after a noun to show possession.

  • The bicycle of John = John’s bicycle

  • The house of Alice = Alice’s house

  • John’s bicycle is at Alice’s house.


Plural nouns
Plural Nouns

  • If the noun is plural, we put the apostrophe after the plural noun.

  • The plates of the guests = the guests’ plates


Irregular plural nouns
Irregular Plural Nouns

  • Add an apostrophe + s after an irregular plural noun.

    • The men’s room is in the next building.

    • Children’s scissors have blunt points.

    • Barack Obama was the people’s choice.

  • The final s is optional after nouns ending in s

    • Mr. Jones is the boys’ football coach.

    • James’ sister lives in Sacramento.


Questions
Questions

  • Use whose to ask a question about possession.

    • Whose book is on the table?

    • Eric’s book is on the table.

    • Whose empty pizza boxes are on the floor?

    • They are Diana and Flor’s. They are the students’ (boxes).

    • Whose birthday comes on January 16th?

    • Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday does.


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