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    Smile Difference between "my book" and "the book of mine"

    When I refer to my book, are there any situations that I can say, "the book of mine"?

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    Re: Difference between "my book" and "the book of mine"

    Yes, but I can't think of any place where you would have to say that, or even should say that.
    You're more likely to hear it when there is some negative emotion towards the object, as in "That dog of mine has dug up the garden again!"

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    Re: Difference between "my book" and "the book of mine"

    With "the", I can't make an argument for it colloquially. You might hear something like "Do you remember that book of mine - you know, the one with the purple, sparkly cover - the one that I've read six times? Well, I've lost it! I'm really sad."
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Difference between "my book" and "the book of mine"

    Thank you for your replies.

    When a student asked me, "Can I replace 'my book' with 'the book of mine'?", I did not think of any situations to use "the" in, either. Since we are non-native speakers of English and our language does not have the concept of "article" , we are always confused about articles.

    I really appreciate all your kind explanation.

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    Re: Difference between "my book" and "the book of mine"

    Quote Originally Posted by Windkarma View Post
    When a student asked me, "Can I replace 'my book' with 'the book of mine'?"
    Generally not- they're not interchangeable.

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    Re: Difference between "my book" and "the book of mine"

    But in many books you can find...
    John's picture (his property)
    A picture of John (he appears)
    And even
    A picture of John's (???)

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    Cool Re: Difference between "my book" and "the book of mine"

    I said to the student who asked me, "Generally, they, native speakers, don't use 'the book of mine'."

    I appreciate your replying, emsr2d2, Raymott, Tdol, juanpide.

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    Re: Difference between "my book" and "the book of mine"

    Quote Originally Posted by Windkarma View Post
    When I refer to my book, are there any situations that I can say, "the book of mine"?
    Mine: is a possessive pronoun.
    Example :That is mine.


    My: is a possessive adjective.
    Example : That is my car.




    This is my iPod” --- - This iPod is mine
    This is my pen ------ This pen is mine
    This is my car ------ This car is mine


    Those are my paintings ------ those paintings are mine
    Those are my Books -------- Those Books are mine
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