What part of speech is "own" in the expression "a room of one's own"?

asked Sep 25 '13 at 03:21 cdenni2 New member

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There is a reason this sounds archaic--"one's own" is being used as a noun. 

Today, we use 'own' mostly as an adjective or a verb:


"It was your own mistake, not mine."  'Own' is adjective to 'mistake'.

"Johnny owned up to his mistake." What did Johnny do?  own (verb) up


For your sentence:

"of one's own." is a prepositional phrase.

"of" is the preposition

"own" is the object of the preposition

"one's" is being used to show ownership of a noun (own)


I know some people may want to argue that "own" is not being used as a noun, but you would be wrong. 

But... But... it is not even in the dictionary as a noun, right?



Do some investigation into "own" and "noun" and discover for yourself the archaic usage.


The second clue, as already mentioned, is "one's".

"one's" intelligence--Noun form

"one's" cleverness--Noun form

"one's" idiocy--Noun form

link comment edited Sep 25 '13 at 11:50 Aaron Prejean Expert

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