Re: friends of his/friends of him
You are certainly not alone in feeling this way (and the five "likes" so far attest to that), but it's not a sense that I share.
Originally Posted by 5jj
As we say many times on this forum, our knowledge of the real world needs to color what the grammar may strictly indicate. It's not partciularly likely to me that a person has exactly one friend in the universe.
A: So I was in Chicago on business and who do you think I ran into? Peter Smith!
B: Peter who?
A: Peter Smith! He was my friend in college.
B: Oh sure, I remember you talking about Peter. What a coincidence!
Would you think that A had only one friend in college?
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.