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    Words Used to Show Possession

    The original question is here: https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...tml#post239574



    The answer is that its is not a pronoun, and it cannot be used in place of a noun.Yes, you can say "the dog's dish" or "the dish belonging to the dog," but you can't say "the dish belonging to its".

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    Re: Words Used to Show Possession

    Ah, only pronouns can stand, I understood, thanks

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    Re: Words Used to Show Possession

    Well, M-W seems to be the only dictionary that doesn't classify "its" as a pronoun.

    Surely, "its" replaces not "the dog", but "the dog's", which is clearly a noun:

    The dog's dish. -> Its dish.

    You're right that we don't say "The dish belonging to its", but that's because we don't say "The dish belonging to the dog's". "It's" can be classified as a possessive pronoun, and so replaces possessive nouns.

    What we cannot say is, for example, "It is my"; when possessive pronouns stand alone like that, we use a different form: "It is mine". You could probably debate for hours on end as to whether this represents a variant form of the same part of speech, or a different part of speech altogether, and you'd find convincing arguments on both sides. That's because language doesn't actually conform to tidy rules: we attempt to formulate rules to make it easier for us to make sense of what is actually chaos.


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    Re: Words Used to Show Possession

    So that means not all kind of pronouns can stand in that position?

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    Re: Words Used to Show Possession

    Quote Originally Posted by rewboss View Post

    Surely, "its" replaces not "the dog", but "the dog's", which is clearly a noun:

    The dog's dish. -> Its dish.
    Not exactly. The phrase "the dog's" is a determiner. "The dog's dish" is a noun.

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