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  1. keannu's Avatar
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    a family friend

    Does "family friend" mean "a friend for all the members of a family"? It's a rare term in Korea, so I wonder what it really means.

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    Re: a family friend

    More or less, yes. Perhaps he started as a friend of the father's but he came to know the whole family.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: a family friend

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Does "family friend" mean "a friend for all the members of a family"?
    As far as I know, a "family friend" does not have to know ALL the members in the family. It is used to express that s/he knows someone in the family.

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    charliedeut

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    Re: a family friend

    You're right in that he doesn't have to know every single member well, but you would not use it if the only connection were to one person. It implies a connection to parents as well as children.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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