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    Hello,

    Can anyone explain what the difference between my and mine? How can a student readily identify which form of posession to use? Are there certain rules of thumb that apply? All I can think of is that mine comes at the end of a sentence or clause and my does not.

    Thank you for your help!

    Sincerely,

    Cybil

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    Default Re: Teaching my versus mine

    Quote Originally Posted by Cybil View Post
    Hello,

    Can anyone explain what the difference between my and mine? How can a student readily identify which form of posession to use? Are there certain rules of thumb that apply? All I can think of is that mine comes at the end of a sentence or clause and my does not.

    Thank you for your help!

    Sincerely,

    Cybil
    ***NOT A TEACHER***Cybil, I am sure a teacher will soon answer you. May I just suggest that you might tell your students that mine = my + noun: Whose book is this? It's mine. (= my book) Furthermore, it may, indeed, start a sentence: My boyfriend is tall. / Well, mine ( =my boyfriend) is rich! The same idea applies to yours, his, hers, ours, and theirs. Thank you.

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    Default Re: Teaching my versus mine

    Hello Cybil,

    There are indeed rules for this....

    my, our, your etc are used before a noun.
    For example: My hands are cold or Is this your car?


    mine, yours etc are used without a noun.
    For example: Is this car mine or yours?

    Furthermore, mine is also used in expressions such as:

    a friend of mine or a colleague of mine

    I hope this was of some help.

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