'a friend of ours' or 'a friend of our's?' Which one do you think is the correct choice? In this part, we will discuss the possessive pronoun 'ours'.

"Ours" or "Our's" Which one is correct?

Is Our's Correct?

The short answer is 'no'; pronouns in English never get the possessive suffix "s". If you need to use a pronoun in possessive form you should use a possessive pronoun.

Never write "our's" with an apostrophe. It is not correct.

Why This Mistake?

Almost every noun in the English language can take apostrophes to show possession. But this is not the case with pronouns.
With possessive pronouns, like 'ours' and 'theirs' ending in s already, it might seem natural to add the apostrophe. But remember that it is wrong.

Ours

Function 1: Possessive Pronoun

The first-person plural possessive pronoun in the English language is 'ours.' It is used to refer to something or someone belonging or related to us.

Their house is like ours.

'Ours' is a possessive pronoun replacing the phrase 'our house' to avoid repetition.

Function 2: Ours = Our Home

In informal British English, 'ours' can mean 'our home'.

Do you want to come to ours for dinner?

of + possessive pronouns

Sometimes, to show belonging you can use the structure of 'of + possessive pronouns.'

He's a friend of ours.

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