Would it be correct to say "This is of him" instead of "This is his." or "This belongs to him."? The same question I would ask about "It is of me." instead "It is mine.", or "It of of you." instead "It is yours.".

For my non native English speaker ears, it sounds weird but maybe I'm wrong.

  • Have you actually seen the phrasing "this is of him/me" used to indicate simple possession anywhere?
    – V2Blast
    Commented Mar 12, 2018 at 3:06

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Stick with the standard possessives: his, mine, ours, yours, etc. Saying "this is of him" is possible in a very abstruse or poetic usage, but nobody—I mean nobody—talks like that in everyday life.

This construction is used in a standard way in languages like Spanish, but it simply is not how people talk in English.

  • Can you please give an example of such famous poetic using in it? It's very interesting. Commented Mar 11, 2018 at 22:56
  • I said it was possible, not famous.
    – Robusto
    Commented Mar 12, 2018 at 1:38
  • Indeed, I found 1 result only in Google, for "this is of him". Commented Mar 12, 2018 at 2:08

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