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    Default Possessive pronouns...

    Ok.

    According to “The good grammar” by Swan and Walter.

    My, your, his, her, our, your, their

    Are possessive pronouns.

    According to Cambridge dictionary they are determiners.

    Now how can those words can be both determiners (part of speech: adjectives) and personal pronoun (part of speech: personal pronoun)

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    Default Re: Possessive pronouns...

    Quote Originally Posted by Noego View Post
    Ok.

    According to “The good grammar” by Swan and Walter.

    My, your, his, her, our, your, their

    Are possessive pronouns.

    According to Cambridge dictionary they are determiners.

    Now how can those words can be both determiners (part of speech: adjectives) and personal pronoun (part of speech: personal pronoun)

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    They can be both because possessive pronouns come in two colours - determinative possessive pronouns and independent possessive pronouns.

    It is worth remembering that parts of speech describe the way a word is used, not what a word is.

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    Default Re: Possessive pronouns...

    Language Log on determiners and adjectives. It's not specifically about pronouns, but it illustrates that there's different terminology when it comes to language.

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    Default Re: Possessive pronouns...

    Thanks.

    Andrew, what you say is correct, part of speech is all about the function of a word, not the word itself.

    Only If I check in a dictionary for a word, I am supplied with the various functions this word can have. But the thing is, as far as my dictionaries, only one part of speech is stated...

    So would a determinative possessive pronoun be considered a determinant or an adjective, or both at the same time?

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