“Ours” and “yours”: confused words

There is a word missing in English. The hole is caused by the confusion around the word “ours”.

What does this phrase mean: “it’s ours”?

Does it mean it’s yours and mine? Or does it mean that It belongs to me and somebody else and not you? Only the context will tell us.

This possessive pronoun comes from Old English.

Another hole

And there’s another confusion around the word “yours”. It is both plural and singular.

What does this phrase mean: “it’s yours”? Again, only the context reveals the meaning.

Does it mean it belongs to you and not them? Or does it mean it belongs to all of them? Again it comes from Old English.

Interesting that both confusions are around a word denoting ownership.  Have we lost some words since Old English?

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