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