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lille82

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Could anybody please clarify why the following sentence is correct?

A teacher of hers used to study in England.

Why can't we replace hers by her?

Thanks in advance.
 

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Could anybody please clarify why the following sentence is correct?

A teacher of hers used to study in England.

Why can't we replace hers by her?

Thanks in advance.

A teacher of his, a teacher of hers, a teacher of theirs.
 

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The word changes with the word order:

My teacher --- a teacher of mine
Your teacher --- a teacher of yours
Her teacher --- a teacher of hers
His teacher --- a teacher of his (the only one which doesn't change)
Our teacher --- a teacher of ours
Your teacher --- a teacher of yours
Their teacher --- a teacher of theirs

The first construction uses the possessive adjective. The second construction uses the possessive pronoun.
 

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Thanks for your link and reply.
I have read about double genitive on grammarphobia. Interesting one :)
 
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