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    "friend of mine" vs"my friend"

    In most of time when introducing people, I heard "He is friend of mine" instead of "He is my friend." Could you tell me why so?

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    Re: "friend of mine" vs"my friend"

    Quote Originally Posted by notatall123 View Post
    Most of the time when people are being introduced, I hear "He is a friend of mine" instead of "He is my friend." Could you tell me why so?
    'He is my friend' makes him sound like he's my only friend.

    'He is one of my friends' makes it clear that I have many other friends.

    Having said that, it's also common to hear 'He is my friend' when he's not the only friend. It suggests that the friend is special and the friendship is important to the speaker.

    A shorter answer to your question would have been 'You can please yourself how you introduce a friend'.


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