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Since I'm implying possession should I say another one's and your's?

The book could either be yours or another ones.

Is it "yours" or "your's" and "another ones" or "another one's"?

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You should supply more context for us to be able to clearly resolve your problem, but I can safely tell you that possessive of one is one's, never ones. –  RiMMER Feb 12 '12 at 18:51
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@David: Yeah, it would be one's there. But someone else's is probably what you need: another one's does not sound right. –  Cerberus Feb 12 '12 at 21:54
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Neither of the options you present are correct. You should say:

The book could either be yours or someone else's.

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Now that I think about it, "another ones" would sound incorrect if I played around with the wording a bit. Thanks. –  David Feb 12 '12 at 18:57
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You could say The book could either be yours or someone else's, but shouldn't. Instead say The book could be yours or another's, which is natural English, or The book could either be yours or another's, if you need to emphasize no other possibilities apply. [The question remains, whether to say could be either yours... instead of could either be yours....] –  jwpat7 Feb 12 '12 at 19:16
    
For what it's worth, RiMMER's sentence sounds a lot better than jwpat's to my ears. –  Julia Feb 13 '12 at 3:18
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