How to differentiate between possessive pronouns and adjectives?


How to use possessive pronouns and possessive adjectives? For example, which is correct:

Is this your luggage?


Is this yours luggage?

Gaurav Prakash Singh

Posted 2017-01-11T06:03:16.077

Reputation: 31

1Can you provide some examples that are confusing you? For each example, please mention which category you guess the example belongs to. – Jasper – 2017-01-11T06:09:54.367

Is this your luggage OR Is this yours luggage ? – Gaurav Prakash Singh – 2017-01-11T06:15:17.970

1Would you also like to know about "Is this luggage yours?" – Jasper – 2017-01-11T06:23:06.533

They are both pronouns. Your first example is fine: "your" is called a dependent genitive pronoun functioning as a determiner. Your second example is ungrammatical: "yours" is an independent genitive pronoun, which means it does not require a following noun; instead you could say: "Is this luggage yours?" – BillJ – 2017-01-11T09:51:43.813



My,your,his,her,its, our, their are possessive adjectives or dependent genitive pronouns used as determiners before nouns.

This is my book.

Mine,yours,his,hers,ours,theirs are possessive pronouns or independent genitive pronouns (thanks BillJ).They don't require nouns after them.

The book is mine. Is that car yours?


Posted 2017-01-11T06:03:16.077

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The first case is correct : "Is this your luggage"

'Yours' is a pronoun, so it should not be followed by a noun or noun phrase.

'Your' is a determiner and must be followed by a noun, completing a noun phrase.

Steve Thorpe

Posted 2017-01-11T06:03:16.077

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"Your" always goes before the noun. Is this your luggage?

"Yours" always goes alone. Is this yours? or Is this luggage yours?

Carlos Arturo Serrano

Posted 2017-01-11T06:03:16.077

Reputation: 181