Why does English employ double possessive pronouns such as theirs and ours?
I am a native speaker of AmE. I understand when and where to use their vs theirs, etc. etc. (i.e. Don’t migrate this to ELL!). I’ve searched the site and google, and I have not quite seen an answer to my question. Etymonline describes the word theirs as: possessive pronoun, "their own," early 14c., from … Read more