Determiners are a closed class of words that provide information such as familiarity, location, quantity, and number about a noun or noun phrase. Determiners differ in form and function from adjectives, which describe attributes of nouns and noun phrases. Similar to possessive pronouns, possessive determiners expresses possession of or some other relationship to another word or phrase. The eight possessive determiners in English are:
- whose (possessive interrogative determiner)
Like other determiners, possessive determiners perform the grammatical function of determinative. Like other interrogative determiners, the possessive interrogative determiner whose also formulates direct or indirect questions and exclamations.
Using Possessive Determiners
Possessive determiners indicate possession of or some other relationship to another word or phrase. For example:
- my house (the house belongs to me)
- your daughter (the daughter is yours)
- his grade (the grade he earned)
- her uncle (the uncle is hers)
- its mouth (the mouth that is part of its body)
- their vacation plans (the vacation plans they have created)
The possessive interrogative determiner whose additionally formulate questions in addition to expressing possession or another relationship. For example:
- whose car
- whose mother
- whose singing
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