A Dream of Mine or My Dream?

I’ve been asked more than once about my friend vs. a friend of mine. I took my first stab at explaining the difference in a 2009 post. This question has appeared on different blogs and discussion boards over the years. Most teachers agree on the implied meaning of one vs. many: “Bridget is my friend”…

Whose Is It? An activity to practice possessive pronouns

How do you like to teach possessive pronouns? Since I was working one-on-one with my beginner student, Natasha, I focused first on mine and yours. We put personal items in a basket and took turns taking them back out. As each object was pulled back out, we identified whose object it was or wasn’t. For example, “This is…

Student Stumper 9: My friend v. a friend of mine

QUESTION: I heard someone say a friend of mine. Is this different from my friend? ANSWER:  They could be seen as synonymous structures. Couldn’t we introduce a friend both ways? I’d like you to meet my friend, Bill. I’d like you to meet a friend of mine, Bill. However, if we take the time to…

LOST AND FOUND: A communicative game to practice expressing possession

This activity puts a spin on a game that may already be familiar to you. Level: High beginner – low intermediate Language targeted: possessive adjectives, possessive pronouns, AND/OR possessive nouns Objective: To identify what belongs to whom in the class (To illustrate, I’ll target possessive adjectives and possessive nouns. You can modify the language to…