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My name is Zoltan. I am from Hungary.
I have a statement:
She is reading her book.
She = Subject Pronoun
is = The verb be in the present tense
reading = read (main verb) + ing
her = Possessive adjective
book = noun
QUESTION: Did I identify the parts in the statement correctly?
Now I have another statement:
Their book is green
QUESTION: Why do we use "is" instead of "are"? I ask this because Their belongs to the 3rd person plural family.
1st plural | We - Our
2nd plural | You - Your
3rd plural | They - Their
I know "book" is singular but this is what makes me confused.
Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you!
Zoltan, how many of these questions do you have to do for your homework?
Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.
1. The term 'main verb' is often applied to the whole finite verb phrase (thus 'is reading' rather than simply 'reading', which is merely a present participle).
2. Some more traditional grammarians prefer to term 'her' a possessive pronoun (though, personally, I find either 'possessive adjective', or - even more commonly nowadays, 'possessive determiner' - to be a more useful label.)
I hope that helps!
Last edited by panglossa; 11-Nov-2013 at 03:10. Reason: missing bracket