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    #1

    better than yours/better than your's ?

    What is correct : "my house is bigger than yours" or "my house is bigger than your's" ?

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    #2

    Re: better than yours/better than your's ?

    "My house is bigger than yours" is the correct sentence.

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    #3

    Re: better than yours/better than your's ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ph2004 View Post
    What is correct : "my house is bigger than yours" or "my house is bigger than your's" ?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Ph2004,


    You have asked a really interesting question.

    As birdeen's call told you, yours is the correct form.

    According to Professor George O. Curme in his scholarly

    A Grammar of the English Language, the English people

    many, many, many years ago did not use the apostrophe for

    the genitive (possessive). So many years ago, the English people

    wrote:

    Joseps son. (written in the year 1400!!!)

    The Emperours counsail (1540)

    in Gods care (1592)

    Today, of course, the English people use an apostrophe:

    Joseph's son/ the emperor's council/ in God's care.

    BUT -- as Professor Curme reminds us -- the old system WITHOUT

    an apostrophe is still used in:

    its

    his

    hers

    ours

    yours

    theirs


    Thank you & have a nice day

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    #4

    Re: better than yours/better than your's ?

    ***Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.***

    I agree with birdeen's call and TheParser, but I would like to add something:
    Remember this:
    My house is bigger than yours.
    Your house is smaller than mine.


    Both sentences mean the same and both are grammatically correct.
    (I wanted to highlight the mine since no one mentioned that word here.)

    Cheers!

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