Class 8june, 2015

Today was bright, sunny, and a bit hot.  It was not bad for June in Texas.  We talked for a moment about the weather.  I asked them to describe it and say whether or not they liked it.


Pronouns take the place of nouns in different ways. Pronouns are used instead of some nouns so that we do not need to repeat a name or idea every time we talk about it in a conversation, or in writing. e


Without Pronouns:  Toni has 3 students in her class.  Toni likes to teach the 3 students English because the 3 students are very nice and work hard in class.

With Pronouns:  

  • Toni has 3 students in her class.  She likes to teach them English because they are very nice and work hard in class.
  • I have 3 students in my class.  I like to teach them English because they are very nice and work hard in class.

There are different pronouns for different uses.  Today we will look at Possessive Pronouns.

Determiners tell about a noun.  When you use a determiner it must be with a noun.  We already know some determiners – a, an, the, some, any, those, these, some, many…There are a few other determiners.  Today we will look at Possessive Determiners.


This means to own, ownership, to have something, belongs to.  
There are 3 ways to show possession.  You can use possessive pronouns, possessive determiners or ‘s.  Do not worry about the words “pronoun” and “determiner”.   Those are important ideas for teaching and learning, but it is more important to be able use the correct words.

Possessive Pronouns and Determiners

Subjective pronouns Possessive determiners Possessive pronouns
 I  My  Mine
 You  Your  Yours
 He  His  His
She   Her  Hers
 It  Its   Its
 We  Our  Ours
 They  Their  Theirs
 You  Your  Yours

Possessive Determiners

These words tell about ownership of a noun. Determiners are always followed by nouns.  There may be other words worth the noun, but there must be a noun.

Examples:  Whose car is this?  This is my car.  This is my red car.  This is my old, red, car.

“Car” is the noun.  “My” is the possessive determiner.  It is not just a car, it is my car.

Possessive Pronouns

These words replace nouns.  You do not use another noun with possessive pronouns.  

Examples:  Whose car is this?  It’s mine. (It is my car.)  It’s ours. (It’s our car.)

What is your problem?  It’s your problem, not mine!  It’s my problem, not yours.

Apostrophe S (‘s)

We use ‘s with a noun to show ownership.  

Examples:  Whose car is this?  That’s Toni’s car.  

The child’s toy is small.  The children’s toys are colorful.  The book’s pages are wet.

Classroom work

We worked on 3 worksheets.

  • Find the possessive nouns, and categorize nouns as person, place or thing
  • Match possessive nouns with object that is owned
  • Categorise list of nouns ending with S as plural or possessive
Next Week’s notes
Create excercises online for 
  • possessive pronouns
  • Possessive Determiners

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