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    Default What is it? a pronoun or an adjective?

    I really don't know what it is , a pronoun or an adjective?

    Thank a lot for any help.

    "Question #: 2: I saw her friend yesterday. her here is a possessive pronoun
    User's answer: False
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    Default Re: What is it? a pronoun or an adjective?

    It's a possesive pronoun. It answers the question "whose friend?" It does not describe the friend as in "an orange friend."

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    Default Re: What is it? a pronoun or an adjective?

    In addition, every word has a form (what it looks like) and a function (what it does in the sentence). In our example sentence below, her is possessive pronoun in form and it's an adjective in function. Adjectives modify nouns, and 'friend' is a noun.

    EX: I saw her friend yesterday.

    Here's a test you can try:

    Adjective Test: ask the question, "What kind of?"
    What kind of friend?
    Her friend.

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    Default Re: What is it? a pronoun or an adjective?

    I saw her friend yesterday.
    The cause of the confusion in the above sentence is the use of the noun "friend" which refers to a "person". "Her" also refers to a "person", so "her friend" refers to two persons.
    In the sentence, if you change "friend" for...e.g. "book" ( I saw her book yesterday.), you would easily know that "her" is a possessive pronoun.

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    Default Re: What is it? a pronoun or an adjective?

    Nice addition, Temico.

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    Default Re: What is it? a pronoun or an adjective?

    Sory for taking your time,and thank a lot for your help.
    But I have still got a problem:

    I saw her book yesterday.

    I bought a new book yesterday.

    Do they have the same funtion?

    Is it correct to say :

    He saw mine book yesterday.
    He saw her book yesterday.
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    Default Re: What is it? a pronoun or an adjective?

    I saw her book yesterday.

    I bought a new book yesterday.

    Do they have the same funtion?
    "Possessive pronouns" function as adjectives.

    He saw my book yesterday. (not mine )

    You can say, "That book is mine" though.

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    Default Re: What is it? a pronoun or an adjective?

    Additionally, both 'her' and 'new' share the same function, yes, but they differ in form. 'her' is a possessive pronoun in form, whereas 'new' is an adjective in form.

    her
    Form: possessive pronoun (meaning: the book belongs to her)
    Function: adjective

    new
    Form: adjective (meaning: the book is not old; it's new)
    Function: adjective

    A word carries its meaning in its form. That's why you sense a difference between "her book" and "new book".

    As for the possessive pronoun "mine", it's related to the possessive pronoun "my". The difference is in their distribution. "my" requires a noun to modify, like 'book', whereas 'mine' doesn't require a noun. It sits alone. For example,

    This is my book.
    This is mine.

    Other similar forms are: yours, hers, his, its, theirs, and ours.

    This is your book.
    This is yours.


    Hope that helps.

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