The point of the question is that I want "of mine" to indicate "inattention".

Where should "of mine" be in the sentence below? This is the fault of the inattention of mine.

This is the inattention's fault.

If I add "of mine" at the end of the sentence, then, Do I indicate "the fault" not "inattention" or what?

This is the inattention's fault of mine.

  • No English speaker would use this construction: Idiomatically, this is the fault of my inattention. Can you come up with a more likely example? Dec 19 '20 at 18:23
  • I can't quite get the intent - inattention is a fault or there was a fault caused by inattention. e.g. this thing happened because of inattention or I am inattentive which is a fault.
    – cyborg
    Dec 19 '20 at 18:46
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    @cyborg Second one "there was a fault caused by inattention". In e.g. "this thing happened because of inattention"
    – Boyep
    Dec 19 '20 at 18:54
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    Definitely wouldn't use "of mine" then, just "my". "My inattention caused the fault." It might be something you'd use if you were trying to be poetic, "This inattention of mine caused the fault."
    – cyborg
    Dec 19 '20 at 19:06
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    It wouldn't sound right but would probably be understood.
    – cyborg
    Dec 21 '20 at 21:09

If you wanted to use "of mine", then "The inattention of mine is at fault." Or, "This is the inattention of mine's fault."

However, it's probably more common to use "my" than "of mine". "This is my inattention's fault" would probably be the most common way to say this.

  • Why is mine's? Is it like "mine is"?
    – Boyep
    Dec 20 '20 at 7:25
  • No. It indicates a possessive.
    – D M
    Dec 20 '20 at 13:12
  • D M is "Mine" not Mine's possessive, cause I can't find it nowhere
    – Boyep
    Dec 20 '20 at 14:49
  • @Boyep We are not really using "mine"'s possessive here. It's still the inattention's fault. The fault belongs to "the inattention of mine", not to "mine".
    – D M
    Dec 20 '20 at 14:54
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    Using "mine's" doesn't make sense - "mine" is already an indication of possession. If you were talking about a coal mine then it would make sense to say "the mine's (mine is) closed," or "the mine's workers" (workers of the mine) .
    – cyborg
    Dec 21 '20 at 17:21

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