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    Default her / hers

    Could anybody please clarify why the following sentence is correct?

    A teacher of hers used to study in England.

    Why can't we replace hers by her?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lille82 View Post
    Could anybody please clarify why the following sentence is correct?

    A teacher of hers used to study in England.

    Why can't we replace hers by her?

    Thanks in advance.
    A teacher of his, a teacher of hers, a teacher of theirs.

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    Default Re: her / hers

    The word changes with the word order:

    My teacher --- a teacher of mine
    Your teacher --- a teacher of yours
    Her teacher --- a teacher of hers
    His teacher --- a teacher of his (the only one which doesn't change)
    Our teacher --- a teacher of ours
    Your teacher --- a teacher of yours
    Their teacher --- a teacher of theirs

    The first construction uses the possessive adjective. The second construction uses the possessive pronoun.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: her / hers

    Thanks :)

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    Default Re: her / hers

    You may find this link interesting and/or helpful: The virtual linguist: Double genitive
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Thanks for your link and reply.
    I have read about double genitive on grammarphobia. Interesting one :)

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