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Used to refer to a thing or things belonging to or associated with the speaker and one or more other people previously mentioned or easily identified:‘ours was the ugliest house on the block’‘this chat of ours is strictly between us’
- ‘Small hospitals are very useful and certainly ours is essential to the local community.’
- ‘Why don't these people concentrate on improving their own areas and leave ours alone?’
- ‘Introduce fairness into this society of ours and remember that charity begins at home.’
- ‘Two years ago, we went to his parents' villa in Spain with some friends of ours for the first time.’
- ‘We put ours out for collection and, guess what, it was still there when I got home from work.’
- ‘This hard earth of ours doesn't care if it's a sea or a desert, a river or a dune.’
- ‘Garden gnomes represent all that is both great and grotesque about this fair country of ours.’
- ‘It costs a lot to carry the few people who fly in a country as underpopulated as ours.’
- ‘Effectively the delay enables banks to accrue interest which is effectively ours.’
- ‘We continued the tradition and passed the house on to a writer friend of ours.’
- ‘It doesn't even seem to understand the terms of its own existence any more, never mind ours.’
- ‘What scares me is comparing their middle order with ours which is inexperienced.’
- ‘The honour of being humiliated at an excruciatingly early stage is not yet ours.’
- ‘I look on with annoyance as I see parks pop up everywhere while ours are taken away.’
- ‘This land was promised to us and we will stop at nothing to defend that which is ours.’
- ‘In contrast to every previous encounter of ours, I sober up as we catch up into the early hours.’
- ‘I think when he saw the film for the first time he was looking at his own life as well as ours.’
- ‘We need to hear from all of you who feel that this town of ours is worth the effort.’
- ‘Our freedom to use what is ours is being taken away from us unless we dance to their tune and pay up.’
- ‘They were searching for the origins of their creation, just as we search for ours.’
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