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    A friend of John's?

    Please can you tell me whether it is correct to say, "He is a friend of John's", which is the almost universal usage but looks incorrect, as opposed to, "He is a friend of John". I suspect the "double possessive", so to speak, may be acceptable since it is correct to say, "He is a friend of MINE," rather than "He is a friend of ME". However, I should be interested to hear whether I am right. Thanks!


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    Re: A friend of John's?

    Quote Originally Posted by Baby boomer View Post
    Please can you tell me whether it is correct to say, "He is a friend of John's", which is the almost universal usage but looks incorrect, as opposed to, "He is a friend of John". I suspect the "double possessive", so to speak, may be acceptable since it is correct to say, "He is a friend of MINE," rather than "He is a friend of ME". However, I should be interested to hear whether I am right. Thanks!
    A friend of John or a friend of John's ?

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