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    Nefertiti is offline Member
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    Default Ben

    Hi there.

    "With a friend to call my own "

    1. What does the quote mean? Is it a common usage?


    "You've got a friend in me."

    2. Does the quote mean I'm your true friend? Is it a common usage? Is it OK to say, "she's got a friend in me" or "I've got a friend in you"?


    'I used to say "I" and "me"
    Now it's "us", now it's "we" '

    3. The writer used to think of only himself, but he will think of both Ben and himself as a unity from now on. Am I right?

    Thanks in advance.

    _________
    The Song Michael Jackson - Ben Lyrics



    Note: Sounds to me that "there's one thing you should know you've got a place to go" should be "there's something you should...a place to go."

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    Default Re: Ben

    1. A friend to call my own means a friend. we often use the phrase (a something) to call my own, which means something that you own, it often suggests that you don't own many things.
    It is often used in the negative: He doesn't have a house to call his own.

    2. Yes, it means that I'm your true friend, and it is is fairly common usage. Your other versions of the phrase could be used, but we don't here them much at all, especially I've got a friend in you, which I have never heard being said.

    3. Your spot on here, completely correct.

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