"The word 'pronoun' is like a broad linguistic church, covering a multitude of functions, and in some approaches to categorisation, 'their' is classified as a possessive pronoun rather than a possessive adjective. 'Determiner' as a descriptor has become popular during the last 30 years or so."
"You can compare human language very often to computer languages. A pronoun is like a variable in programming. You can stuff anything into it."
"In English, we have possessive pronouns. Now, a pronoun is like a mini-word that stops the writer/speaker having to repeat the full name of the subject or object every time they refer to it."
"A pronoun is like the suit one gives a prisoner after he has been stripped of his identity."
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