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    Default Possessive Adjective and Other Questions

    Hello,
    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

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    Default Re: Possessive Adjective and Other Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by zoltankr View Post
    Hello,
    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
    1. Yes
    2. Book is the singular subject, so it takes 'is'. It doesn't matter how many people own the book; it's still only one book.
    Last edited by Raymott; 11-Nov-2013 at 06:50. Reason: typo

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    Default Re: Possessive Adjective and Other Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    1. Yes
    2. Book is the singular subject, so it takes 'is'. It doesn't matters how many people own the book; it's still only one book.
    Is "book" a subject in this case or a noun? or both?
    Last edited by zoltankr; 10-Nov-2013 at 11:31.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zoltankr View Post
    Thank you. Is "book" a subject in this case or a noun? or both?
    It's both a noun and a subject.

    You don't need to thank me. Click on 'Like' rather than posting a new post.

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    Default Re: Possessive Adjective and Other Questions

    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.

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    Default Re: Possessive Adjective and Other Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by zoltankr View Post
    Hello,
    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?
    Basically yes, BUT:

    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

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