Possessives are used to specify the ownership of an item, or, if the noun refers to something animate, to specify a relationship.
Possessives - Easy Learning Grammar
- That is my car.
- Mr Smith was my teacher in the sixth form.
- His brothers all came to the wedding.
- Their aunt lives in London, but their cousins live in Berlin.
- Your shoes are under your bed.
Possessive determiners, which can go into a noun phrase, are not the same as possessive pronouns (mine, hers, yours, etc.), which can stand alone. See Gender of nouns.Another sort of possessive is the possessive phrase.This acts just like a possessive word but is a noun or noun phrase ending in -’s or -s’. A possessive phrase acts as a possessive determiner, but may itself include one of the other determiners.
|Robert’s mother||Sally’s new job|
|the visitors’ washroom||the residents’ dining room|
|a good day’s work||my wife’s cousin|
|the Prime Minister’s press secretary|