Ours vs. Our's in English Grammar

Which One Is Correct?

'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 vs. Our's

Is Our's Correct?

Almost every noun in the English language can take the apostrophe 's to show possession. But this is not the case with pronouns.
You should never write "our's" with an apostrophe. It is not correct.

Why This Mistake?

With possessive pronouns, like ours and theirs that end in S already, it might seem natural to add the apostrophe. But remember that it's wrong.

Ours

Function 1: Possessive Pronoun

The first-person plural possessive pronoun in 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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