A former friend of my mother's (mother)

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  • cropje_jnr

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    To me, it should be "of my mother", as the possessive adjective's function is to replace "of the", meaning having both is illogical.

    You often see and hear both used together, however, which makes me wonder if there is a grammatical explanation I'm overlooking...
     

    panjandrum

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