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English Grammar - Usage

Double possessive
The double possessive (of + possessive pronoun) is used when we wish to emphasize the person who possesses rather than the thing which he/she possesses. Compare:
He is my friend. (The emphasis is on friend.) He is a friend of mine. (The emphasis is on mine not friend.)

Other examples are given below.

Is he not a friend of yours? Once I lent him a book of mine and never got it back.

Note that when used with this, that, these and those, the double possessive often expresses ideas such as slight contempt, ridicule or indignation.

This cat of yours drank up all the milk. These shoes of mine pinch me terribly.

That boy of yours has broken my window again. Those dirty fingers of yours have stained the walls.
(colleagues/husband) (hill/top) (back/wife) (tourists/cars) (back/house)

1. She was introduced to 2. They hiked up to 3. He did all those things behind 4. She overtook 5. She loved the view from 6. mountains.

(birthplace/spiritual leader) is situated in the

7. He has been deeply affected by 8. He owns an 9. She detested Michael, he was so immature. 10. He gazed at

(divorce/parents) (architect office) in the town centre. (younger brother/friends), as

(speaker/face)