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What other ways can this be phrased? This doesn't even sound right to me. How do you put a possessive-passive sentence properly. Quite confused for some reason.

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"This [thing] of mine/his/hers/theirs/yours/ours" is perfectly normal and acceptable. There is nothing "not right" about it.

Possessives with of

Noun phrase + of + possessive pronoun

We can talk about possession using the pattern: noun phrase + of + possessive pronoun:

A friend of mine told me that all of the tickets have already sold out.

Where’s Martin? He’s gone to pick up a cousin of his at the station.

Is Linda McGrath a close friend of yours?

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/grammar/british-grammar/determiners/possession-john-s-car-a-friend-of-mine

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  • I wonder why I got a downvote? – Michael Harvey Apr 28 '18 at 16:27
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    I do to. I find this forum has lots of downvotes compared to others, often when the questioner is struggling with something that others do also, and they empathize. I upvoted your answer. One could also just say “his problem” if “this problem of his” sounds awkward. I suspect the question is looking for a better solution in “Globish”, not English. – eSurfsnake Apr 28 '18 at 17:37
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    I don't believe in downvotes unless something is clearly nonsensical, invalid, or completely off topic. If I agree with something, I upvote it. Otherwise, I leave it alone. I believe downvotes should only be used for grievous mistakes. I further believe that most downvotes should be accompanied by the person leaving a comment that explains their response. Have an upvote. :) – Jason Bassford Apr 29 '18 at 21:03

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