Possessive adjectives explained English Beginners course Lesson 5.

Learn how to use Possessive adjectives in English, such as: there, here, there is, there are, or, here is, here are demonstrative determiners, or, demonstrative adjectives, as well as  possessive determiners “my, your, his, her, its, our, your, their”.

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Hi students welcome back, I’m Julia your online teacher and I’m here to greet you
and introduce you to lesson five. Now lesson five has a brand new grammar
point which is possessive adjectives examples, possessive adjectives are also called
possessive determiners. Why is that it is because when we use it as an article as
a determiner. It appears before the noun, so I can say my that is my, my phone, my
cat. Okay so that’s why it has two names you could name it as you wish but it’s
good to know that those two labels actually refer to the same thing. So
that’s the grammar point, as usual I would like to encourage you to focus a
lot on pronunciation on spelling and on building your own sentences so as to
feel confident when writing listening and speaking. So do not skip any of the
parts of the lesson I think it’s very important to follow all the different
sections that appear here. So the dialogue the vocabulary the grammar the
questions and answers and we will then coincide again towards the end for our
recap video and for those who are new to the course the recap video is me again
appearing and to run through the highlights the main points of today’s
lesson. So today as I’ve said the grammar point is the possessive adjectives but
we will also run through the vocabulary and sometimes I use the points of
the day as a pretext to then tell you about something completely different. But
that’s the order of things so I hope that you enjoy the lesson if you have
any doubts please do not hesitate to post your comments. If you like our
videos give it a like and I will see you a little later.


1/ Sentence Practice

  • Here is my family.
  • There is my sister. She is a dentist. My sister is a dentist. Her name is Natasha.
  • Here is my brother. He is an engineer. My brother is an engineer. His name is William.
  • You are my siblings. I am your brother.
  • Natasha and William are my siblings. They are my siblings. Their names are William and Natasha.
  • There are my parents. They are my parents. My mother and my father are here.
  • We have cousins. Our cousins are Frank and Harry. Their names are Frank and Harry.
  • Who is your aunt? My aunt is Jane. She is there.
  • Where is your uncle? My uncle is here. His name is Jack.
  • Where are your grandparents? They are here. My grandmother is called Janet and my grandfather is called Robert. Their names are Janet and Robert.
  • Why is your name Tom? My grandfather is called Tom. His name is Tom. My name is Tom. Our name is Tom.
  • Is Robert his cousin? No, Robert is not his cousin. James is his cousin.
  • Here it is. There she is. This is her aunt. That is his aunt.
  • Where is our family? Your family is there. My family is here. There’s my aunt. Here’s my uncle.

Vocabulary for Determinants

2/ Vocabulary Practice

  • a family – the family
  • my
  • your
  • his
  • her
  • its
  • our
  • your
  • their
  • a name – names
  • a mother – mothers
  • a father – fathers
  • my parents
  • a brother- brothers
  • a sister – sisters
  • a sibling – siblings
  • an aunt – aunts
  • an uncle – uncles
  • a cousin –  cousins
  • a grandmother – grandmothers
  • a grandfather – grandfathers
  • your grandparents
  • here
  • there

Grammar possessive adjectives

3/How to use   Possessive  determinants and there different forms.

Possessive adjectives, also called possessive determiners, are words used in place of articles, to show ownership or relationships between people. They are placed before the noun in a sentence. A possessive adjective refers to the owner of the object. There are different forms depending on whether the noun is singular or plural:

Singular: My, Your, His, Her, Its

Plural: Our, Your, Their

We go from subject pronoun to possessive adjective (also known as possessive determiner):

I > my

You > your

He > his

She > her

It > its

We > our

You > your

They > their

Be careful with the spelling of “its”, to not be confused with the contracted form of the verb to be: “it’s” (it is). They are two different things!

Notice how “their”, “they’re” and “there” are all three pronounced identically.

Questions and Answers

4/ Questions and Answers

Where is your family?
Here is my family.

Who is your sister?
She is my sister.

Why is your aunt here?
She is here because she is not there.

How is your car?
My car is red.

When is your birthday?
My birthday is today.

How are you?
I am well.

Who are your siblings?
Robert and Jane are my siblings.

Where are your siblings?
They are here.

When is your uncle here?
He is here now.

Why is she a dentist?
She is a dentist because she is a good dentist.

I hope you understand what possessive adjectives are and how to use them.

English Lesson 5 Recap with Julia

Hello and welcome back!

Let’s do the recap of Lesson 5 together! The focus of this video is mainly pronunciation today. We are going to start with the family members or relatives.

A common mistake that I hear in the classroom is:


Repeat after me:


Then we have another difficult word:

an aunt

She is my aunt.

AUNT and AREN’T are pronounced the same way!

Another word today is:

uncle, an uncle
He is my uncle.

They are my uncles.

This word isn’t difficult:


But some of my students say “my fathers” (wrong) instead of “my parents”.

Depending on your mother tongue that example won’t make any sense whatsoever! If you are a Spanish speaker you will understand why I am mentioning this.

These 3 words contain a silent /D/:

  • grandprents
  • grandmother
  • grandfather

You can choose to pronounce the sound /D/ or not. We don’t hear the /D/: it is a silent letter.

We saw it a silent “U” before:

  • builder
  • biscuit

And today we are seeing the silent “D”

  • grandprents
  • grandmother
  • grandfather

Other examples containing the silent /D/:

  • Wednesday
  • handsome
  • sandwich

You can pronounce the “d” The /D/ is only very slightly pronounced. It is still considered a silent letter.

  • sandwich
  • Wednesday

Let’s pronounce the grammar you learned today!

The possessive determiners that are also called possessive adjectives by certain teachers. The demonstrative pronouns are also called demonstrative adjectives.

Repeat after me:


your (long vowels)




our (this word has 2 pronunciations /aue/ or /aaaa/ like the verb to be “are”: our
parents, our grandparents…)

Let’s carry on with the list!





You may have noticed this already:

  • there
  • their
  • they’re

All three words are pronounced the same way!

That’s it for today!

I’ll see you soon!


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Exercises Lesson 5

Comprehension Practice

Vocabulary Practice

Grammar Practice



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