The Pronoun Table

A classification of Pronouns on the basis of person, case and number.

A classification of Personal Pronouns

A classification of Personal Pronouns

 

A more detailed and discerning classification is found below

A classification of Pronouns on the basis of person, case and number.

A classification of Pronouns on the basis of person, case and number, showing Possessive Adjectives distinctly

In the above chart, Possessive Adjectives are shown as distinct and different from Possessive Pronouns.

Possessive Adjectives modify nouns, hence they are called Adjectives.

It is Alice’s car.

It is her car

“her” replaces “Alice’s”

It is John’s book

It is his book

“his” replaces “John’s”

It is our school

It is their property

In all the above cases, the possessives (her, his) modify a noun (car, book) and hence they are Adjectives. Since they also replace nouns (Alice’s, John’s) in the possessive case, they referred to as pronouns.

On the contrary, pronouns such as ours, mine, theirs, his, hers are called Absolute possessives because they can stand on their own.

(Note: his and its perform both roles of Absolute Possessive and Possessive Adjective).

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