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    a friend of......

    Dear all,

    If I say, "A friend of John, the student of AH, said......."

    "the student of AH" is referring to John or that friend of his?

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    Re: a friend of......

    Either one.
    That's why you should be more careful in the construction.

    "The student of AH, who is a friend of John, said..."
    "John, who is a student of AH, has a friend who said ..."

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