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    Question Determiner or Adjective

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    In Practical English Usage by Michael Swan determiners such as my, your, this, enough in noun phrases are not adjectives-they are determiners. Whereas most grammarians and dictionaries tell us they are adjectives.
    M.S tells i.e. my, your, own's are possessives and a group of determiners'. Some grammar books tells they are possessive adjectives.
    my book
    the moon
    this old man ( much, a lot of, many, a/an, the etc.)
    If we accept that they are determiners so why he does not accept they are adjectives. Their function is the same- they are used with nouns and give info about the noun they go.
    I am looking forward to your answer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Radres View Post
    Hi Sir/Madam
    In Practical English Usage by Michael Swan determiners such as my, your, this, enough in noun phrases are not adjectives-they are determiners. Whereas most grammarians and dictionaries tell us they are adjectives.
    M.S tells i.e. my, your, own's are possessives and a group of determiners'. Some grammar books tells they are possessive adjectives.
    my book
    the moon
    this old man ( much, a lot of, many, a/an, the etc.)
    If we accept that they are determiners so why he does not accept they are adjectives. Their function is the same- they are used with nouns and give info about the noun they go.
    I am looking forward to your answer.
    Regards from Turkey.
    Radres
    Speaking of my as a possessive adjective - it actually is a possessive determiner. My doesn't act like any other simple adjective (e.g. good). I mean, it doesn't answer to the question, What kind of?. That's what I think.

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    Re: Determiner or Adjective

    The category Determiner is based on distribution:

    det + adj + noun: the blue car
    det + adj + noun: the your car

    Linearly it looks as if possessive pronouns and determiners are sitting in different positions before the noun, but they're not. Possessive pronouns and determiners (the / an / a) can't co-occur (i.e., *the your car), because they belong to the same category, Determiner, which means they sit in the same structural position. You can't modify a determiner with another determiner, but you can modify an adjective with another adjective. Possessive pronouns fail the adjective test. Thus: they are classified as determiners.

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    Smile Re: Determiner or Adjective

    In other words, determiners are mutually exclusive when put together.

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    Re: Determiner or Adjective

    Thanks for answers.
    Soup and engee30 I got it.

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    Re: Determiner or Adjective

    Good to hear.

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