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    I have a question. Are these sentences correct?

    1. An uncle of Mark's.
    2. An uncle of Mark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by subdolus View Post
    Good day

    I have a question. Are these sentences correct?

    1. An uncle of Mark's.
    2. An uncle of Mark.
    Both are incorrect: "Mark's uncle " is correct.

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    Default Re: I have a question

    Quote Originally Posted by subdolus View Post
    Good day
    I have a question. Are these sentences correct?
    1. An uncle of Mark's.
    2. An uncle of Mark.
    Yes "Mark's uncle" is correct. But form 1) is widely used colloquially. And when you're using a pronoun, it's even more common.

    The phrase "an uncle of mine" doesn't mean the same as "my uncle"; if you want to avoid the "mine", you have to come up with some periphrasis like "one of my uncles, of which I have several". I have no problem with the possessive here.

    (Incidentally, they're not sentences )

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    Quote Originally Posted by subdolus View Post
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    Are you sure?
    Thanks to BobK. He explained you instead of me.

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