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    On the possessive case.

    Dear friends in this site.


    I wonder the difference between "one of my friends" and "a friend of mine". Are they the same or not? If not, would you please explain to me the difference?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: On the possessive case.

    "one of my friends" refers to a member out of a set of your entire friends.
    "a friend of mine" is simply "my friend"

    Like :
    Q : Who is he standing there?
    A :Uh, he is a friend of mine.

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    Re: On the possessive case.

    Quote Originally Posted by euncu View Post
    "one of my friends" refers to a member out of a set of your entire friends.
    "a friend of mine" is simply "my friend"

    Like :
    Q : Who is he standing there?
    A :Uh, he is a friend of mine.
    Thank you for your help, but I still wonder. Can it be the answer as well?
    Q : Who is he standing there?
    A : Uh, he is one of my friends.

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    Re: On the possessive case.

    Well,in that context it is true.But "one of my friends" implies that you have more than one friend. "a friend of mine" doesn't imply that,I mean he/she might be your only friend.

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    Re: On the possessive case.

    I don't see any different at all.

    "A friend of mine" (compared to "my friend") with the indefinite article "a" tells you there is more than one friend.
    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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