The Pronominal Adjective

Last updated: June 1, 2017 at 0:19 am

golf photoYou learn in basic English that there are eight parts of speech:

The Noun

The Verb

The Pronoun

The Adverb

The Adjective

The Preposition

The Conjunction

The Interjection

But in advanced English, things get a bit more complicated. Welcome the “pronominal adjective”.

We know that a pronoun stands in place of a noun, and an adjective modifies a noun. Sometimes a word does both: it stands in place of a subject noun, and modifies an object noun.

Here is an example:

John lost his book.

In the above sentence, the word “his” is a pronoun in the sense that it stands in place of the subject “John”. But it is also an adjective in that it modifies the object “book”: “his book”

In the following sentences, the italicized words are pronominal adjectives. They stand in place of a noun and at the same time, modify another noun.

  1. The men brought their tools.
  2. The student donated his books to the library.
  3. Several students wrote about their adventures in the forests.
  4. Neither of the boys was willing to lend his bicycle.
  5. Do you think that the students will bring their drawings?
  6. Antonio and Cheryl promised us their assistance.
  7. We hope that they will complete writing their thrillers.
  8. Can you give me your book of poems?
  9. The birds flew back to their nest.
  10. The settlers are building their houses.

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