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Can I start a phrase like this: "your green eyes are beautiful" or "His/her green eyes are beautiful" Thanks for reply.

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  • Yes you can. Is there some reason why you think you shouldn't? (I would probably phrase it as "Your eyes are a beautiful green", but that does have a subtly different meaning and your way is fine.)
    – nnnnnn
    Jun 13, 2016 at 1:02
  • Any reason why not?
    – user3169
    Jun 13, 2016 at 1:14
  • a student mine introduce a phrase like this: is beautiful your eyes green. So, I correct it, but, fix the mistakes. I wrote on her test explaining what is the right way. Tks. Jun 13, 2016 at 1:34
  • My, your, his, her, its, our, their are not pronouns, they're determiners. From Cambridge: "in grammar, a word that is used before a noun to show which particular example of the noun you are referring to". Jun 13, 2016 at 1:42

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Yes, it is perfectly OK to start a sentence with a pronoun. Indeed, I is one of the most common words to start a sentence. Your is not actually a pronoun: it is a determiner. The difference is that a pronoun replaces a noun:

the book is on the table -> it is on the table

whereas a determiner goes before a noun to say which one you are talking about:

the book is on the table -> my book is on the table

Compare that with mine which is a relative pronoun, and you will see that the noun book disappears:

the book is on the table -> mine is on the table

Here is an NGram showing that both pronouns and determiners are very common at the start of a sentence.

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  • I don't see an NGram. Jun 13, 2016 at 3:13
  • @Nihilist_Frost: Oops. Link fixed.
    – JavaLatte
    Jun 13, 2016 at 3:16
  • @Jave, you wrote - "a pronoun replaces a noun". But the examples you quoted show that a pronoun replaces a Noun Phrase. Actually that is true - a pronoun replaces a noun phrase. If and only if the noun phrase contains nothing except the head noun, in that case a pronoun can replace a noun. Jun 13, 2016 at 6:39

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