Determiner possessive


A possessive determiner is a personal pronoun that functions as a possessive adjective within a sentence.


Possessive determiners indicate an association between an object/thing and a person/entity. For example, consider the sentence: “John loves his son.” The word “my” is a possessive determiner. It indicates an association between the “son” and John.

Possessive determiners can be either personal or impersonal. In the example above, the possessive determiner “his” is personal, because it refers to a person (“John”). However, consider the sentence: “The tree shed its leaves.” The word “its” is an impersonal possessive determiner, because it does not refer to a person but to an object (“tree”). It indicates an association between the “leaves” and the “tree.”


r3 -ἐγώ (I) σύ (you)
Singular 1st person   2nd person
Nominative ἐγώ   σύ
Genitive μου (ἐμοῦ)   σοῦ (σου)
Dative μοι (ἐμοί)   σοί (σοι)
Accusative με (ἐμέ)   σέ (σε)
Nominative ἡμεῖς   ὑμεῖς
Genitive ἡμῶν   ὑμῶν
Dative ἡμῖν   ὑμῖν
Accusative ἡμᾶς   ὑμᾶς
r4 (2-1-2) αὐτός (“he,she,it,they”)
  Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative αὐτός αὐτή αὐτό
Genitive αὐτοῦ αὐτῆς αὐτοῦ
Dative αὐτῷ αὐτῇ αὐτῷ
Accusative αὐτόν αὐτήν αὐτό
Nominative αὐτοί αὐταί αὐτά
Genitive αὐτῶν αὐτῶν αὐτῶν
Dative αὐτοῖς αὐταῖς αὐτοῖς
Accusative αὐτούς αὐτάς αὐτά
Example: John 10:27
τὰ πρόβατα τὰ ἐμὰ τῆς φωνῆς μου ἀκούουσιν
ta probate ta ema tēs phōnēs mou akouousin
sheepmy voice my they hear
My sheep hear my voice