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!
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.