Whose is it? The importance of possession

(Author unknown. Photo in public domain via Wikipedia Commons.)

(Author unknown. Photo in public domain via Wikipedia Commons.)

Imagine that you are walking in the park. You see a large bag under a tree. You open the bag, and look inside. What do you see? Money! The bag is full of money! What do you do?

Moral decisions aside, maybe the first two questions you have are, “Whose bag is this?” and “Can I have it?”

Sadly, the probability of you finding a bag full of money is fairly limited. But, it’s still important that you understand how to ask and answer questions about belonging (possession).

The first question is, “Whose is it?” If you don’t know who owns something, you ask, “Whose is it?”

(From Total English, Gakko Tosho, 2006. Photo by Wake Tech instructor JLN)

(From Total English, Gakko Tosho, 2006. Photo by Wake Tech instructor JLN)

Look at this picture. The children are playing a game. One student asks, “Whose _____ is this?” The other students respond.

One student says, “It’s Kenta’s” (Kenta is a Japanese name).

Kenta says, “It’s mine.”

Another student looks at Kenta and says, “It’s yours!”

This chart helps you see how to answer:

Singular Plural
1st person mine ours
2nd person yours yours
3rd person his, hers, its theirs

When you use a name, you add ‘s. For example, John has a book. The book is John’s.

Let’s practice!

1. Katie has a dog. Whose dog is it? The dog is hers.

2. Bill and Bob have a car. Whose car is it? The car is theirs.

3. I have a cell phone. Whose phone is it? The phone is mine.

4. Sarah has a sandwich. Whose sandwich is it? The sandwich is (his/hers).

5. Rebecca has a cup of coffee. Whose coffee is it? The coffee is (his/hers).

6. Jack and Rob have a house. Whose house is it? The house is (his/theirs).

7. We have a lot of money. Whose money is it? The money is (ours/theirs).

8.  Brandon has 3 computers. Whose computers are they? The computers are (his/theirs).

Now follow the arrows to read a comic about a lost hat. Do you see the many forms of possession?

(From Total English, Gakko Tosho, 2006. Photo by WT instructor JLN)

(From Total English, Gakko Tosho, 2006. Photo by WT instructor JLN)

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