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    Difference between "My friend" and "A friend of mine"

    Hi All,

    I'd like to know what's the difference between "My friend" and "A friend of mine"? e.g. He is my friend, He is a friend of mine.....

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    Re: Difference between "My friend" and "A friend of mine"

    There is not a lot of difference.

    Some people will tell you that if you say "He is my friend" it sounds like you have only one friend, and he is that one friend. I don't agree. To me, though, it does sound you think you may have told me about him before.

    you: So I was talking to Daniel...
    me: Wait, who is Daniel?
    you: He's my friend from art class. I told you about him. The guy with the green hair?
    me: Right, I remember.

    Compared to:
    you: So I was talking to Daniel...
    me: Wait, who is Daniel?
    you: Oh, he's a friend of mine. So anyway...
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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