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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Criminal Sentence 21: Not Her's

From an online book review I saw this morning:

"I'm a big fan of her's."

I'm not a big fan of that. "Her's" is not a word. "Hers" is a possessive adjective, and possessive adjectives do not use apostrophes. Other possessives, such as Jake's or the teacher's, do.


Anonymous said...

Wouldn't "hers" still be incorrect?

The Sentence Sleuth said...

Consider "She's a friend of mine." You can't write "a friend of me" or "a friend of my."
"Hers" is therefore correct.