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Hello,

I'm writing in regarding the correct use of ... of yours.

For example, when should I say "I like your watch" or "I like this watch of yours"?

I looked on the internet and in my English grammar books but to no avail.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Regards,

Florian

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I would say that at least 95% of the time, your watch will be the more expected and natural way to phrase it.

Sometimes you say things like That new red car of yours looks like a blast to drive. but it would always be appropriate to say Your new red car... instead.

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Yours means belonging to you and thus both of the examples you quote is correct, although the latter this watch of yours is more colloquial and would be regarded by some as poor English, even though it is widely used.

The word may also be used in letter as in Yours faithfully.

It should never be written your's! Also look out for the difference between your and you're - incorrect use of these words is a very common event in English.

Remember "your" means "belonging to you" whereas "you're" means "you are".
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Hi,

I have a question related to this. In a sentence like, 'That book of yours is very good.', the object of the preposition 'of' i.e. yours is in the possessive case. But, everywhere I have read that it must be in the objective case. So if that is the case, shouldn't the preposition be you? Could anyone explain this to me.Thanks.
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Edit: Sorry, not preposition you but the pronoun you. I can't seem to edit my post.
Never had idea that "your" and "you're" can be confusing. It's maybe issue for native speakers only Emotion: big smile