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    Wink mine

    -He is a friend of mine. He is a friend of a friend/ friend's? Which one is correct?

    "He's a friend of a friend." You wouldn't use "friend's" because you have already said "of a", which shows possession. If you wish to use the apostrophe + s, then you would say "He's a friend's friend".


    I find it hard to explain my point. We say "he is a friend of mine", "He is a friend of his (=John) so we can say "he is a friend of John's" Therefore, why can't we say "he is a friend of a friend's"?

    Thanks a lot
    W

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    Re: mine

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    -He is a friend of mine. He is a friend of a friend/ friend's? Which one is correct?

    "He's a friend of a friend." You wouldn't use "friend's" because you have already said "of a", which shows possession. If you wish to use the apostrophe + s, then you would say "He's a friend's friend".


    I find it hard to explain my point. We say "he is a friend of mine", "He is a friend of his (=John) so we can say "he is a friend of John's" Therefore, why can't we say "he is a friend of a friend's"?

    Thanks a lot
    W
    You're quite right It's illogical, but that's the way it is; when the thing possessed is specific you use what is in effect a double possessive. When the thing possessed is preceded by an indefinite article, you use just 'of'.

    b

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