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Section 11.4.1.2

Possessive Adjectives

Possessive adjectives are special adjectives or determiners used to express possession of a noun; theyprecede all other elements in a noun phrase. If youuse possessive adjectives, you do not need articles.


My mass spectrometer has a vacuum leak. [CompareThe mass spectrometer has a vacuum leak.]

Choose a possessive adjective that agrees in person,number, and gender with thepossessor noun, not the noun being possessed.


Unacceptable

Dorothy Mary Crowfoot, winner of the 1964 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, wasborn on May 12, 1910 in Cairo, Egypt. His father had studiedancient history at Oxford University. [The possessive adjective, his, should agree with the gender of thepossessor, Dorothy Crowfoot (feminine), not the possessed noun, father(masculine).]

Acceptable

Dorothy Mary Crowfoot, winner of the 1964 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, wasborn on May 12, 1910 in Cairo, Egypt. Her father had studiedancient history at Oxford University.


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