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Questions tagged [double-possessives]

For questions about using two different possessive markers, like “of Bob’s” or “of mine”. Also known as 'double genitives' or 'oblique genitives'.

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Why say "of x's" instead of "of x"?

I have often heard people say "x of his" or "x of mine". But since his and mine point out ownership, isn't using "of" here doubles that ownership? Wouldn't it be more appropriate to say "x of him" or "...
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How do "Friend of P" and "Friend of P's" mean the inverse of each other?

I abbreviated Peter as P in the title for brevity; feel free to abbreviate thus. Please explain user Ed Staub's answer below, since it only seems to present this stance? To me, both 1 and 2 mean that ...
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Which one sounds better? "of mine" or "my"

My friend (or "a friend of mine"?) told me that anytime I need to express such expression, it's always better to say "of mine", because it sounds more naturally. Like "two brothers of mine" rather ...
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Double Possessive - two friends of hers

The train arrived at the station, and Paula got off. Two friends of hers, Jon and Rachel, were waiting to meet her. I understand why I should say 'a friend of hers' instead of 'her a friend'. But ...
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What is the main noun in "a year's worth of learning" in the following sentence?

I wonder which noun in the phrase "a year's worth of learning" in the following sentence is the main noun of the phrase. If "a year's worth" is the main noun, then "of learning" should be a phrase ...
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The meaning of "this heart of mine"

I was wondering about difference between "my" and "of mine" and have found some posts that say: "my" is definite form and "of mine" is indefinite one. So, "of mine" is the same as "one of my". ...
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If "some books of Jane’s" and "that dog of John's" are correct, why is "a car of my friend's" not correct?

As the following examples show, if Y possesses X we can use the double possessive "X of Y's". an example from merriam-webster.com: (1) It had long been a dream of Mabel's to win the baking ...
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