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    determiners before/after a possessive adjective?

    Why can't English allow determiners before or after a possessive adjective, like this one below?

    my/your/our/his/her/their/one's/whose [the/a/one/this/that/these/those/any/some/each/every/(and so on) (noun)]
    Last edited by dihen; 18-Feb-2006 at 15:40.


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    Re: quantifiers/articles/demonstratives before/after a possessive adjective?

    It's just a rule. You may as well ask why English doesn't have gender.

    In some rare cases, this rule can be broken. "My every (noun)" is sometimes acceptable.

    Usually, these kinds of sentences are phrased differently in English. For example, we might say "That (noun) of yours" or "Any (noun) of theirs" or "Some (noun) of mine". Unfortunately, this is not allowed with "one's" or "whose".

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    Re: determiners before/after a possessive adjective?

    Quote Originally Posted by dihen
    Why can't English allow determiners before or after a possessive adjective.
    Simply put, determiners modify nouns, not adjectives, and adjectives modify nouns, not determiners.

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    Re: quantifiers/articles/demonstratives before/after a possessive adjective?

    Welcome, Xezlec.

    Please note, "My every (noun)" works because it's an adjective + adjective + (noun) structure. "My" is a possessive adjective. The question is about determiners;e.g., the, a, these, this, and so on. That is, why is it that the following structure doesn't work in English?

    EX: *The my every (noun). ungrammatical.

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