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Touchstone 2nd Edition • Language summary • Level 2

Unit 8 • Lesson A: Spring cleaning


Vocabulary
Furniture
drawer (n)
dresser (n)
lamp (n)
shelf / shelves (n)

Location expressions
by ( = next to) (prep)
in the closet / a drawer (prep)
on the floor / a shelf (prep)
on top of the dresser (prep)

Personal items
old clothes (n)
sports equipment (n)
tablet (computer) (n)

Possessive determiners
my
your
her
his
our
their

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Touchstone 2nd Edition • Language summary • Level 2

Possessive pronouns
mine
yours
hers
his
ours
theirs

Other words
box (n)
closet (n)
music files (n)
speakers (n)
tablet (computer) (n)
give (old clothes) to charity (v)
hang clothes (in the closet) (v)

Grammar
Whose . . . ?
To ask who things belong to, use Whose + noun + be + this / these?

The noun can be singular, plural, or uncountable. Use this with a singular or uncountable
noun. Use these with a plural noun:

Whose bathing suit is this? (bathing suit = singular noun)

Whose jewelry is this? (jewelry = uncountable noun)

Whose clothes are these? (clothes = plural noun)

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Touchstone 2nd Edition • Language summary • Level 2

Possessive pronouns
You can use a possessive pronoun when you don't need to say or repeat a noun. Possessive
pronouns show who something belongs to.

There is a possessive pronoun for every pronoun and possessive adjective:

Possessive Possessive
Pronouns
adjectives pronouns
I my mine
you your yours
he his his
she her hers
we our ours
they their theirs

To make a statement using a possessive pronoun, you can use It's / They're (+ not ) +
possessive pronoun. Use It's with a singular or uncountable noun. Use They're with a plural
noun:

A Whose bathing suit is this?


B It's mine. (= It's my bathing suit.)

A Whose jewelry is this?


B It's hers. (= It's her jewelry.)

A Whose clothes are these?


B They're not ours. (They're not our clothes.)

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