In this video we discuss the definition of POSSESS POSSESSIVE and POSSESSED. The three words contain the same basic idea but they have widely different meanings.

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What is the difference between:




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Definition: to own, to have as belonging to, to have ownership or control over

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In the picture we see a mushroom cloud from the bombing of Nagasaki in 1945.

Sentence example: Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) is a military strategy in which nations who possess nuclear weapons would cause the annihilation of both attacker and defender if they were used.

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The word POSSESS is often used regarding a skill, ability or talent a person has

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In the picture we see a ballet dancer.

Sentence example: Dancers possess an amazing agility of both mind and body.

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Definition: something owned, or the state of owning something

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The picture shows a door key hanging from a man’s finger.

Sentence example: He took possession of his new apartment on Friday.

Note: took possession is a common collocation

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In the next picture we see young people using mobile phones.

Sentence example: Many young people regard their mobile phone as their most important and valuable possession.

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Definition: demanding someone’s total attention or love, seeking to control or dominate someone

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In the picture we see a daughter speaking firmly with her mother.

Sentence example: Her mother was very possessive and out of frustration she blurted out: “Look, stop trying to micro-manage me!”

Note: “to blurt” means to say something suddenly without careful thought beforehand

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A word about grammar . . .

Possessive pronouns show that something belongs to someone. They are:

  • my
  • our
  • your
  • his
  • her
  • its
  • their

A possessive noun again shows ownership. Simply add ‘s or just ‘ when the noun ends in an s. e.g.

  • the man’s jacket
  • the boys’ football team

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(1) controlled by an evil spirit
(2) controlled by a strong inner emotion, to be obsessed

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The picture shows a poster for the movie “The Exorcist”.

Sentence example: The Exorcist was a 1973 supernatural horror film which told the story of a 12-year old girl who was possessed by a demon.

Note: The movie was so frightening it provoked extreme responses in many viewers, including fainting, vomiting, or running from the theatre.

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The picture shows a soldier doing rigorous training exercises.

Sentence example: After his accident, he was possessed by a strong will and determination to get back to peak fitness.

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So remember:

POSSESS means to own something

POSSESSIVE means to try to control someone (own them)

POSSESSED means to be controlled by an evil spirit OR a strong emotion (be owned by)

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