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    possessive adjective or??

    i have once ever read about possessive adjectives in an english grammar book and found that those words are not supposed to be called adjectives without any further explanation. could you please explain why?

    the term possessive adjectives, according to the book, was only used in old english grammar. so what is the term in modern english grammar?

    thanks a lot!

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    When it comes to wether it is better to know the modern or the elder English, I could tell you that today`s transformations are so related to the every day jargon that this modifications in the language ruin, in a metaphoric way, the correct use of the English.
    A good example is the Direct and Indirect Speech. It has been always known that the Past Simple passes as Past Perfect in Indirect Speech. However, today it is accepted to pass the Past Simple into the Past Simple.
    Another example is the Second Conditional. Nowadays, it is possible to say "If I was you" instead of "If I were you".

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    Re: possessive adjective or??

    Quote Originally Posted by DhBlue View Post
    i have once ever read about possessive adjectives in an english grammar book and found that those words are not supposed to be called adjectives without any further explanation. could you please explain why?

    the term possessive adjectives, according to the book, was only used in old english grammar. so what is the term in modern english grammar?

    thanks a lot!
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello, DhBlue.

    (1) Are you referring to:

    my/mine

    your/yours

    his/his

    her/hers

    its

    our/ ours

    their/theirs

    (2) If you are, I checked some books and found out that:

    (a) Those forms are called "possessive pronouns" in traditional

    grammar books.

    (i) And that my/your/his, etc. are often called "possessive adjectives."

    (b) The "modern" word is "determiner."

    (3) If you google for "determiners," I am sure that you will find

    many websites full of information.

    ***** Thank you *****

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