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Lies Your Grammar Teacher Told You: Possessive Pronouns and Possessive Determiners
As I have written repeatedly, the line between grammatical forms is blurry at best, especially among lexical categories like noun, verb, and adjective. Grammatical form and grammatical function distinguish one word class from other. The lines between functional categories are typically much clearer than the lines between lexical categories. As closed classes that do not readily accept new members, functional categories such as pronoun, preposition, determiner, and conjunction are much clearer. Unfortunately, some grammar book lump possessive determiners together with possessive pronouns. Or worse, erroneously label possessive determiners as possessive adjectives. Determiners Versus Adjectives The words my, your, his, her,