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Hello,

in a children language exercise we can read :

Choose the right pronoun to complete the sentence :
(Me/My/She) hands are useful.

The correct answer is obviously My.

But can it be called a pronoun ?
I'm familiar with my native French grammar, we call pronom a word that replaces a noun (nom). Does the noun pronoun have a more extended sense in English ?

Thank you for your help,
Jerome
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'My' (possessive adjective) is the possessive form of 'I' - belonging to me.

'Mine' is the personal pronoun commonly used.

In French you would use mon/ma/mes (for 'my').
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Sure, I know all this.
Then you think it is a mistake to call it a pronoun ?
There is no significative difference between the meaning of pronom and pronoun in French and English ?

I only would like to know if some English native speakers could agree to call it a pronoun.
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Pronom in French is the same as pronoun in English.

Mine - possessive pronoun (used instead of a noun)

My - possessive adjective (usually used to describe a noun which is why it comes before a noun, like other adjectives)
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1 commentYes, "My" is a pronoun in the possessive form. You can also call it a "Possessive Personal Pronoun". So english speakers (who know something about grammar) would definitely call it a pronoun. If they don't, ask someone else. Emotion: smile
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Hello Ed,

thank you for your answer.
It seems then that the meaning of this word is significatively different in English and in French.

Coul you explain more extensively what pronoun means in English ?
I know only the French meanings : A pronom replaces a nom, an adjectif qualifies a nom. The difference is absolutely clear, adjectifs and pronoms are separate grammatical classes.
Then in English, to qualiy my you use indifferently "possessive adjective" or "Possessive Personal Pronoun", is that right ?
You do not mind to call pronoun a word that qualifies a noun ?

And don't you call differently my and mine ? You both call then "Possessive Personal Pronoun", don't you ?

Sorry Ed, but as your answer astonishes me (and probably Benita ?), I would like you to support it, to explain it !
But I'm ready to accept the facts, if English people use adjective and pronoun indifferently, OK, I won't blame them.
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That's a question. Before any native speakers' responses, I'd like to list out what I've checked out in some dictionaries:

American heritage: adj & interj

Cambridge Advanced Learner's: determiner & exclamation (old exclamation)

Oxford English Dict.: 1、pron.:The possessive genitive of I 2、my!

Concise English-Chinese: pron and int
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It seems that native speakers as well as dictionnaries don't agree : some call my an adjective (or determiner, which is very similar), some call it a pronoun, even though it doesn't replace any noun.

I would be glad to read other native speakers on this issue.
Or even non-native, if they remember what their English teachers taught them.

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my, her, our . . . possessive adjective (or determiner)

mine, hers, ours . . . possessive pronoun

http://www.usingenglish.com/glossary/possessive-adjective.html
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