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I wonder why option (C) is wrong? I think it is still possible that the possessive pronoun “hers” is used to replace “her birthday”

Ms. Greelay’s colleagues, who discovered that her birthday is on Thursday, are preparing a special celebration for ----------- (A) her (B) she (C) hers (D) herself

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    In examples like yours, genitive "hers" typically serves as complement to "of", not "for", for example "I'll never forget that birthday of hers last year". But in this case, where someone is the recipient of something, the preposition "for" requires the accusative pronoun "her". – BillJ Sep 15 '19 at 16:38
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    It's got to be the accusative her because the only credible preceding referent for her is Ms Greelay, and that makes sense. The possessive hers has no credible antecedent - to fill that slot would require a preceding reference to either multiple birthdays, or someone else's birthday (so hers could be used to identify her birthday as distinct from any others). For example, Ms. Greelay’s colleagues, who attach great importance to birthdays, are preparing a special celebration for hers (where hers refers back to birthdays). – FumbleFingers Sep 15 '19 at 16:49
  • I'd leave off the 'for anything'. It's implicit. – marcellothearcane Sep 15 '19 at 18:18
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If the pronoun is supposed to mean "her birthday," then C is the only right answer. It's the only one that can mean "her birthday."

If the right answer is A, then it doesn't mean "her birthday" but means "Ms. Greelay."

Anyway, you might hear that sentence with "hers" in a context of:

Mr. Johnson's colleagues know it's his birthday on Thursday and aren't doing anything special for his birthday. Ms. Greelay’s colleagues, who discovered that her birthday is on Thursday, are preparing a special celebration for hers.

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