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    Default a friend of John or a friend of John's?

    Hello,

    If I would say, he is a friend of John. which sentence below sounds more correct?

    He is a friend of John?
    He is a friend of John's?

    If he friend of John's is more correct, why use a son of John, not son of John's?

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    Default Re: a friend of John or a friend of John's?

    Hi!

    Unfortunately I cannot explain why, but the following is grammatically correct:

    He is a friend of John.
    He is John's friend.

    He is the son of John. (very formal)
    He is John's son.

    I hope this has helped you.

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    Default Re: a friend of John or a friend of John's?

    Quote Originally Posted by idiotmike View Post
    Hello,

    If I would say, he is a friend of John. which sentence below sounds more correct?

    He is a friend of John?
    He is a friend of John's?

    If he friend of John's is more correct, why use a son of John, not son of John's?

    Thank you
    I remember we had this debate a while back. Some people accept it, others don't.
    To me, "a friends of John's" sounds natural.
    Also it's analogous to "a friend of mine/yours/his etc." We don't say "She's a friend of me/you/him"

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