Pronouns and certain function words are frequently used to modify nouns. They precede nouns and determine or limit their meaning. They are sometimes called “limiting adjectives” in traditional grammar.
Personal Pronouns: “This is my car.” “He found her purse.”
Relative Pronouns: “The neighbor whose dog is barking came home.” “Whichever wine you select, the dinner guests will probably like it.”
Interrogative Pronouns: “Which flavor do you want?” “What decision will the court make?”
Demonstrative Pronouns: “That sort of thing is good to avoid.” “Those apples are delicious.”
Indefinite Pronouns: “Any time off will be good.” “Some situations are best avoided.” “The other clerk was more helpful.” “Few people care.”
To determine whether a pronoun is used as a pronominal adjective or as an actual pronoun is a simple matter of determining if it modifies a noun or is used as a noun.
|That politician is corrupt.||That is a corrupt politician.|
|Which wine is better?||Which is better?|
|The other car is faster.||The other is faster.|
|This is my coat.||This coat is mine.|
The shorter forms of possessive pronouns (my, our, your, her, their, in contrast to mine, ours, yours, hers, theirs) are pronominal adjectives because they are always used as modifiers of nouns.
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