Possessive nouns function as adjectives. In everyday English, however, we generally use possessive nouns and possessive adjectives rather than this "of" form. Possessive adjectives are always placed in front of the noun they modify. Both terms are still in common use. Is it as a plural or related to leisure and activity? English as a Second Language (ESL) Expert, Understanding Possessive Nouns and Adjectives, A List of 130 Mass Nouns (Or Noncount Nouns) in English, How to Form and Use Possessive Adjectives, Spanish Possessive Adjectives (Long Form). In the first set of exercises, number 7, ¿shouldn't be "anymore" and not "any more"? Hello, many gracks to complement my information, I was a little confused regarding the use of the apostrophe in possessive pronouns, complement my doubts by watching a video, thank you. How old is your sister? American English often uses anymore (one word) for the adverb. Cycling is mainly a sports and leisure activity. Good question. Jenny Woodfield replied on 28 October, 2018 - 11:37 Mexico, Kirk replied on 28 October, 2018 - 17:59 Spain. Check out the sentence below and focus on the word my. Possessive Adjectives. Please note that this is a learner grammar, which means that is intended to help people gain a certain level of proficiency with using the language rather than describe it in a completely coherent way. You can answer these questions using possessive adjectives and nouns: Finally, possessive nouns can also be used in the same manner as possessive pronouns. Possessive adjectives are used instead of possessive nouns when the reference is understood. In this case, it is clear that "his" refers to Tom because of the context. A possessive adjective sits before a noun (or a pronoun) to show who or what owns it. Notice that this construction can change the meaning from singular to plural. I find the notion 'possessive adjective' to be quite a confusing misnomer. Provide the correct possessive adjective, possessive noun, or possessive pronoun using the clues provided in parentheses. The reason for this is that many languages commonly use "of" for this construction. Here is a list of possessive pronouns with example sentences: The question word "whose" is used to ask to whom something belongs. The Curveball. Have a look at this page for more examples: https://dictionary.cambridge.org/grammar/british-grammar/any-more-or-anymore, Laura Vazquez replied on 12 June, 2020 - 06:58 Mexico. Apostrophe + 's' in this case is a possessive determiner. In British English, any more is written as two words, in both of its uses – as a quantifier/determiner, and as an adverb. "Possessive adjective" is currently about twice as popular as "possessive determiner." "To whom" or the more informal "Who does X belong to" is used with the verb belong to ask the same question. Sad replied on 18 February, 2018 - 17:05 Ecuador. For example, one aspect that sure doesn't have me classify these as 'adjectives' is the lack of any superlatives. Possessive nouns perform a function similar to adjectives by describing a noun or giving more information about a noun. Possessive adjectives are always placed in front of the noun they modify. She's washing her hair. Why it was not written 'sport'? In fact, I agree with you and I expect that most people who concern themselves with such things for their own sake would as well. © British Council I need to clean my teeth. Sad replied on 20 February, 2018 - 16:25 Ecuador. So what you mean to say is, 'sports' here is an adjective and leisure activity is an adjective too! This is the case when the object of possession is understood from the context. LearnEnglish Subscription: self-access courses for professionals, Claudia replied on 12 August, 2020 - 16:15 Chile, Hi! A possessive adjective is an adjective that is used to show ownership. For example: In this case, it is clear that "his" refers to Tom because of the context. It can show possession or other relationships. This classification is not unique to English (in French, it's termed 'les adjectifs possessifs') Why the writer had to separate it with 'and' then added the word 'leisure activity'? What Is Possessive Genitive Case in English Grammar? How to Use Relative Pronouns in Adjective Clauses, Countable and Uncountable Nouns Explained for ESL, Absolute Beginner English Possessive Adjectives and Pronouns, Possessive Adjectives (Short Form) in Spanish, M.A., Music Performance, Cologne University of Music, B.A., Vocal Performance, Eastman School of Music. We even diagram these nouns as adjectives. It comes before a noun in the sentence and lets us know to whom the noun belongs. (That means they go under the noun that they are modifying.) The United Kingdom's international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. In English, determiners classed as possessive adjectives are given this term because (like adjectives) they modify their head noun to show possession, together they form a noun phrase. My mother is a doctor. ICP#: 10044692, LearnEnglish Subscription: self-access courses, English Online: 100% online teacher-led course, EnglishScore Tutors: personal online English tutors, https://dictionary.cambridge.org/grammar/british-grammar/any-more-or-anymore. Form the possessive pronoun by placing an apostrophe (') after the noun + "s.", When nouns end in "s" it can be difficult to know where to place the "s." For nouns ending in "s," or to use the possessive with regular plurals, place the apostrophe directly after the "s." Do not add another "s.". A registered charity: 209131 (England and Wales) SC037733 (Scotland).