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    Default of mine/theirs etc

    I always see the "double genitive" being used for people.
    e.g A friend/relative/cousin/classmate of mine called me today.

    But can it be applied for "things", too?

    e.g: Peterīs parents will lend me some cds of theirs?

    - The students make many mistakes. Some mistakes of theirs are too elementar.

    - The child lost a toy of his.

    - My mother hates it when someone breaks a vase of hers.

    - The burglars broke into our house and stole some jewels of ours.

    etc.....

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    Yes. All of those sentences are okay, albeit a bit unusual.

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    Default Re: of mine/theirs etc

    Quote Originally Posted by apparrode
    I always see the "double genitive" being used for people.
    e.g A friend/relative/cousin/classmate of mine called me today.

    But can it be applied for "things", too?

    e.g: Peterīs parents will lend me some cds of theirs?

    - The students make many mistakes. Some mistakes of theirs are too elementar.

    - The child lost a toy of his.

    - My mother hates it when someone breaks a vase of hers.

    - The burglars broke into our house and stole some jewels of ours.

    etc.....
    These constructions are OK, but many could be phrased better by rearranging the words: "some of their CDs", "some of their mistakes", etc.

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