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Is there any adjective in English that would describe a quality of belonging or being in the possession of someone else who is not the speaker?

In short, what adjective would you substitute for the words in bold below:

What's inside of this bag?

I don't know. This is not my bag.

or

What's inside of this bag?

I don't know. This bag is not mine.

or

Jack, don't touch that toy car.

Why?

Because that toy is not yours.

  • To keep this consistent (and correct), the third example would be "that toy is not yours." – sq33G Dec 21 '11 at 10:20
  • @sq33G - All right. Changed. – brilliant Dec 21 '11 at 10:23
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I'd probably use somebody else's.

  • that's not a good answer. "sb else's"? What does that mean? Is it even English? – Matt E. Эллен Dec 21 '11 at 10:58
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    Well, it's still not something I would recommend anyone use except in the most informal of circumstances, and certainly not in speech. – Matt E. Эллен Dec 21 '11 at 11:15
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    Since it's the correct answer, once you expand the silly abbreviation, I've edited it rather than add my own answer. – slim Dec 21 '11 at 11:50
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another's

But notice that another's is not an adjective. I'm pretty sure that the kind of word you're describing cannot be an adjective.

  • how about simply other's? – Eduardo Dec 21 '11 at 10:42
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    "other's" doesn't seem to fit in the example sentences above. – Pitarou Dec 21 '11 at 11:43
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There are analogous words in other languages with the meaning sought in the OP. However, bilingual dictionaries do not show a unique equivalent word in English for them.

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