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    a fan of me

    An extremely well-educated newspaper columnist was talking on TV about those people who like and who do not like his political views.
    Then he said, "He [referring to a famous person] is not a fan of me."

    I know that "good" English requires "a fan of mine," but can you grammar experts make a guess as to why this famous columnist made such a "mistake"?

    Thank you.

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    Re: a fan of me

    Quote Originally Posted by allthewayanime View Post
    An extremely well-educated newspaper columnist was talking on TV about those people who like and who do not like his political views.
    Then he said, "He [referring to a famous person] is not a fan of me."

    I know that "good" English requires "a fan of mine," but can you grammar experts make a guess as to why this famous columnist made such a "mistake"?

    Thank you.
    Not being inside his head, I wouldn't like to speculate. Who is this person by the way?

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    Re: a fan of me

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Not being inside his head, I wouldn't like to speculate. Who is this person by the way?
    Not a teacher, nor a native.
    I think that most people make mistakes while speaking their language.
    They even might not be aware of that. May be because they got used to the way they speak something.

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    Re: a fan of me

    Quote Originally Posted by allthewayanime View Post
    An extremely well-educated newspaper columnist was talking on TV about those people who like and who do not like his political views.
    Then he said, "He [referring to a famous person] is not a fan of me."

    I know that "good" English requires "a fan of mine," but can you grammar experts make a guess as to why this famous columnist made such a "mistake"?

    Thank you.
    He may be a purist who does not like the double genitive.
    If you asked me why the speaker's "I" can't be in accusative case - which is the case prepositional comlements normally take -, I would become very hot under the collar.

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    Re: a fan of me

    Quote Originally Posted by Ilki View Post
    If you asked me why the speaker's "I" can't be in accusative case - which is the case prepositional complements normally take -, I would become very hot under the collar.
    Most writers today prefer 'object(ive)' to 'accusative'.

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