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    Thumbs up Correct analysis?

    Hello everyone,

    I'm trying to practice my understanding of grammar. I'm trying to be as detailed as possible in my explanations.

    Is the following analysis right? Is there anything I should/could add to it?

    Thanks.


    The moment she entered1, the woman presented a sharp contrast to our shiny store2 with its bright lighting and neatly arranged shelves3.
    1: dependant clause (subordinate clause)
    2: Independent clause (main clause)
    3: Prepositional phrase
    The: Definite article, defines moment
    Moment: noun, countable
    She: personal pronoun, 3rd person
    Entered: Simple past, Simple past
    The: Definite article, defines woman
    Presented: Verb, simple past, synonym in this context: provide
    A: non-definite article
    Sharp: adjective
    To: preposition
    Our: Possessive pronoun (personal pronoun, possessive case) Can I say possessive pronoun?
    With: preposition (descriptive)
    Its: pronoun, replaces store
    Bright: adjective
    Lighting: noun
    And: conjunction
    Neatly: adverb
    Arranged: adjective
    Shelves: noun

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    Re: Correct analysis?

    Very nice.
    Our: Possessive pronoun (personal pronoun, possessive case) Can I say possessive pronoun?
    Yes.
    Its: pronoun, replaces store
    What kind of pronoun?

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    Wink Re: Correct analysis?

    For the record, I wasn't right.

    As it turns out, I did make a mistake (and so did you )

    Look here:

    "[...] to our shiny store."

    I said that "our" was a possessive pronoun, but it's not!

    "ours" is a possessive pronoun, not "our".

    In this phrase, "our" is a determiner. It determines store.

    Could you confirm that I'm right about this?

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    Re: Correct analysis?

    There are four types of pronouns: subject, object, possessive, and demonstrative. Our and ours both answer the question Whose? which, by definition, makes them possessive pronouns in form. As for their function, our has an adjectival function (also referred to as determiner function in the literature) because it modifies nouns, whereas ours, a pronoun that sits in a subject or object position, has a nominal function.

    In short, our is possessive pronoun in form and an adjective or determiner, depending on the terminology you subscribe to, in function. The terminology here can indeed be confusing, if you're talking about form alone:

    our form: possessive pronoun
    ours form: possessive pronoun

    The terminology is not confusing, however, if you're talking about function:

    our function: possessive adjective
    ours function: possessive pronoun

    Hope that helps.

    All the best.

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    Re: Correct analysis?

    Wow, yes, it does help a lot.

    I was so confused on that one.

    Thanks so much!

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    Re: Correct analysis?

    You're most welcome.

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