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    Hi, teachers.
    I know his is used as either a pronoun or a determiner, and that its as a determiner.
    I wonder if its can be used as a pronoun.
    If it can, I wanna know more about it.
    Thank you.

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    Re: its

    Its is a possessive pronoun

    The cat curled its tail.

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    Re: its

    Quote Originally Posted by norwolf View Post
    Hi, teachers.
    I know his is used as either a pronoun or a determiner, and that its as a determiner.
    I wonder if its can be used as a pronoun.
    If it can, I want to know more about it.
    Thank you.
    "Its" is a possessive adjective. It cannot be used as a possessive pronoun by itself in the predicate position.
    Let's say the cat's name is Benny.
    "Benny curled his tail. The tail he curled is his." This is OK
    "The cat curled its tail. The tail it curled was its" NO. You can't say this.
    You can say "The tail it curled was its own".

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    #4

    Re: its

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "Its" is a possessive adjective. It cannot be used as a possessive pronoun by itself in the predicate position.
    Let's say the cat's name is Benny.
    "Benny curled his tail. The tail he curled is his." This is OK
    "The cat curled its tail. The tail it curled was its" NO. You can't say this.
    You can say "The tail it curled was its own".
    Thank you Raymott.
    You are always helping me. I appreciate it.

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    #5

    Re: its

    Its can be either as a possessive pronoun or an adjective pronoun!
    By the way, "The cat curled its tail" is grammatically correct and I found similar sentences in many dictionaries and websites. Here is one

    The dog wagged its tail

    See this link to help you

    By the way, you can simply check any grammar book to learn about the possessive pronoun (its)
    Last edited by xpert; 23-Dec-2008 at 21:44.

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    #6

    Re: its

    Quote Originally Posted by xpert View Post
    By the way, "The cat curled its tail" is grammatically correct
    No one said any differently, as you'll see if you read Raymott's response again.

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