A reflexive possessive pronoun
is a special case of a possessive
, denoting that it is the subject
of the sentence who possesses
. It does not exist in English
, which uses "his own/her own etc." to cover the concept.
Let me clarify:
, we can say, "John has a book. Fred takes his book."
Unfortunately, we don't know whose book Fred is taking, although it's likely
from the context
that it's John's.
, for example, the reflexive possessive pronoun is explicit
"Sven har en bok. Åke tar sin
bok." - "Sven has a book. Åke takes his (Åke's) book."
Compare with the non-reflexive version:
"Sven har en bok. Åke tar hans
"Sven has a book. Åke takes his (Sven's) book."
(Carthag points out that this exists in other Scandinavian languages, as well as German, and probably