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PRONOUNS, PERSONAL. Mine, hers, used for my, her

Mine, hers, theirs, are used as pronominal adjectives before their nouns. That mine should be thus used is not remarkable, as in E. E. it was interchangeable with my, and is often used by Shakespeare where we should use my.

“Mine and my father's death come not upon thee.

“The body is dead upon mine and my master's false accusation.

. So P. of T. i. 2. 92; Cymb. v. 5. 230.

In the following, mine is only separated by an adjective from its noun:

“And his and mine lov'd darling.

More remarkable are

“What to come is yours and my discharge.

“By hers and mine adultery.

“Even in theirs and in the commons' ears.

It is felt that the ear cannot wait till the end of the sentence while so slight a word as her or their remains with nothing to depend on. The same explanation applies to mine, which, though unemphatic immediately before its noun, is emphatic when separated from its noun.

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