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    Default "Many friends of my friends love studying English."

    "Many of my friends love studying English."

    I think 'friends' is omitted behind 'Many' like

    "Many friends of my friends love studying English."

    Do you agree with my thought? Or do you have other thoughts about it?

    Thank you so much as always.

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    Default Re: "Many friends of my friends love studying English."

    They describe two different sets of people. Both are grammatically okay, but they have different meanings.
    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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    Default Re: "Many friends of my friends love studying English."

    Thank you and could you tell me what difference between them there is?

    I think now I know it and do you think many of modifies my friends the same way a lot of modifies people in 'a lot of people'?

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    Default Re: "Many friends of my friends love studying English."

    Quote Originally Posted by sky3120 View Post
    "Many of my friends love studying English." These friends are people you know and people who know you.

    I think 'friends' is omitted behind 'Many' like

    "Many friends of my friends love studying English." These friends are people who know your friends - they may not know you.

    Do you agree with my thought? Or do you have other thoughts about it?

    Thank you so much as always.
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    Default Re: "Many friends of my friends love studying English."

    Thank you and you mean many friends of my friends' means these friends are people who know your friends - they may not know you?

    And I meant many friends of my friends means "many friends among my friends"? And I thought "friends" is omitted in "many friends" and it is rewritten as "many of my friends"

    What do you think? I am sorry for some lame question.


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    Default Re: "Many friends of my friends love studying English."

    Okay please forget the question above and I would like to make my question clearer and more easily for me.

    Many questions of my questions are related to grammar.

    Many of my questions are related to grammar.

    Do you think Many questions of my questions = Many of my questions?

    Thank you so much as always.

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    Default Re: "Many friends of my friends love studying English."

    No, and I have no idea why you would think this.
    While "friends of friend" makes sense, "questions of questions" does not.
    Just say "some of my questions..."
    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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    Default Re: "Many friends of my friends love studying English."

    Quote Originally Posted by sky3120 View Post
    Okay please forget the question above and I would like to make my question clearer and more easily for me.

    Many questions of my questions are related to grammar.

    Many of my questions are related to grammar.

    Do you think Many questions of my questions = Many of my questions?

    Thank you so much as always.
    "Friends of my friends" means "My friends' friends". Do you understand what this means?

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    Default Re: "Many friends of my friends love studying English."

    The expression is "many of my x." It is not correct to add another "x" as you seem to want to do.

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