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    #1

    mine, mines, mine's

    Hello,
    The standard sentence would be:
    His dog is not much older than my dog.
    I believe this sentence is okay.
    However, I would like not to write the dog twice.
    What would be the correct version?
    His dog is not much older than mine. - I doubt it because I'm not a dog
    His dog is not much older than mines. - seems okay to me
    His dog is not much older than mine's. - not sure

    Thanks!

    Cheers!


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    Re: mine, mines, mine's

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello,
    The standard sentence would be:
    His dog is not much older than my dog.
    I believe this sentence is okay.
    However, I would like not to write the dog twice.
    What would be the correct version?
    His dog is not much older than mine. - I doubt it because I'm not a dog
    His dog is not much older than mines. - seems okay to me
    His dog is not much older than mine's. - not sure

    Thanks!

    Cheers!
    ***NOT A TEACHER***The "correct" sentence is the first one. "Mine" = my dog.

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    Re: mine, mines, mine's

    Only "His dog is not much older than mine."

    No mines, no mine's.

    Mine can stand in for any noun, countable, plural, or uncountable,

    Your courses are more difficult than mine. (mine=my courses)
    Your hair is much shorter than mine. (mine=my hair)
    Your brother is even meaner than mine. (mine=my brother)
    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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    Re: mine, mines, mine's

    Thank you!
    I guess I confused mine with me
    (Although I helped another guy some hours ago...)

    Another one that I would like to know:

    Your dog is not much older than our.

    Is this also correct?
    The other options would be ours or our's, but now I think just our is okay.

    Cheers!

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    #5

    Re: mine, mines, mine's

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Thank you!
    I guess I confused mine with me
    (Although I helped another guy some hours ago...)

    Another one that I would like to know:

    Your dog is not much older than our.
    Is this also correct?
    The other options would be ours or our's, but now I think just our is okay.

    Cheers!
    ***NOT A TEACHER***This is, indeed, a very confusing matter. Just try to remember: It is mine, yours, his, hers, ours, and theirs. (Except for "mine," all the others end in an "S.")

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