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True and false. When talking about possessive or attributive, 之 is not a pronoun. It is an auxiliary word similar to "of" which is categorised as preposition in English. As an auxiliary word, it could connect both possessive and attributive modifiers with the subject they modify. According to the The Standard Dictionary of Contemporary Chinese Copyright © ...
之 is a common way to say ‘him/her/it’ in classical Chinese. It’s usually in the object position, not the subject one though: 殺之 ‘kills him’; 由之 ‘from it’. The use like modern Chinese 的 is different. 其 is actually a possessive pronoun, as in 其妻 ‘his wife’. More generally, it substitutes for ‘noun + 之’. 彼 can be used as a third-person pronoun in ...
assuming that "possessive pronoun" means "his/hers" then no, the closest 之 gets is 的, which never functions as a noun.
So you're asking if it's possessive in Classical Chinese? It is certainly possessive. I learned that 之 is a classical way to say 的, making it a possessive particle. An example sentence would be 父母之爱 However I've seen examples like 自知之明, which to me indicates it is attributive? However if you're asking whether or not 之 can function as a pronoun - I'd ...
The answer is no. In classical Chinese, "之" has the following meaning: 1.It means "的", it turns the former words into adjective or adverbial for the later word. It's just for pronunciation. e.g.,缓兵之计, 不速之客, 莫逆之交 2.It means "of". "美国之音" means "音" of "美国". 3.possessive pronoun. "等闲视之” 4.It means "go to". "吾欲之南海" For more information, you can check here
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