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    Default Friend of mine, redundancy?

    Is the phrase friend of mine, an example of redundancy?

    Should it be a friend of meinstead?

    I'm quite used to using the first mentioned phrase, until I saw one article saying that it is actually a redundancy.

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: Friend of mine, redundancy?

    "She's a friend of mine" is a common expression. I wouldn't worry about the possibility for a little redundancy.

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    Default Re: Friend of mine, redundancy?

    And a friend of me doesn't work.

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    Default Re: Friend of mine, redundancy?

    1. She is a friend of mine.
    2. She is my friend.

    Do these sentences mean exactly the same thing to you?
    Do you hear #2 more frequently than #1?

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    Default Re: Friend of mine, redundancy?

    Quote Originally Posted by sunsunmoon View Post
    1. She is a friend of mine.
    2. She is my friend.
    #1 is closer in meaning to: She is one of my friends.

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    Default Re: Friend of mine, redundancy?

    If you look up "double genitive" or "double possessive" you'll find a lot of information on this.
    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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