direct object and possessive pronoun


In the sentence


Please leave your papers on your desk.


Is "your" part of the direct object?

asked Nov 08 '13 at 12:05 sali New member

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"Your" is a possessive pronoun and acts exactly like an adjective.


The answer to your question depends on how you view modifiers.


"Please leave the red cup."

Leave what? the cup

'red' is obviously an adjective modifying 'cup' and has no meaning independent of the cup, so it is modifying the DO and a part of the DO.


The exact same analysis of "your"--it is modifying the DO and, as such, should be considered inextricably intertwined with "papers"; however, the "thing" that is the DO is "papers".

link comment answered Nov 08 '13 at 16:34 Aaron Prejean Expert

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