Pronominal Adjectives

What are the different types of pronominal adjectives? What is the difference between descriptive and pronominal adjectives?

Pronominal Adjectives
Introduction - Pronominal Adjectives


1) An adjective is a word or set of words that modifies (i.e. describes) a noun (e.g. girl, boy etc.) or pronoun (e.g. we, it etc.). Adjectives may come before or after the word they modify.

This is a cute cat. This cat is cute.
2) There are many kinds of adjectives. Among them there is a category of limiting adjectives. They help to define or ‘limit’ a noun or pronoun by telling which one, what kind, or how many.

This sandwich is delicious.

In the category of limiting adjectives there are pronominal adjectives. Pronominal adjectives are pronouns which are used to modify nouns. They would be pronouns if they stood by themselves in the place of the noun that they represent.

This book is interesting. (This is a pronominal adjective. It modifies the noun ‘book’.)

This is an interesting book. (This is a pronoun. It represents the noun ‘book’.)

Pronominal adjectives can be subdivided into the following groups:

a) demonstrative adjectives (this, that, these, those).

Those shoes were old-fashioned. These shoes are much better.

b) possessive adjectives (my, your, his, her, its, our, their).

Their cat likes to sleep on the floor.

c) distributive adjectives (each, every, either, neither).

Every attempt was met with suspicion.





d) interrogative adjectives (which, what, whose).

Whose pants are these?

e) indefinite adjectives (some, any, all, few, several, many, both, little, much, more, most).

Both parents were present.

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