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    #1

    you and yours

    Hello everyone.

    Does a sentence "I saw your friend" equal to "I saw a friend of yours"?

    Sorry for the stupid question, but I am a littile bit confused.

    Thanks in advance.
    Nickle.
    If I have made any mistakes, please tell me about them. I need to improve my English anyway and I hope you'll help me.

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    #2

    Re: you and yours

    'I saw your friend' implies that you have only one friend.

    'I saw a friend of yours' means 'I saw one of your friends'.

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    #3

    Re: you and yours

    I think it is possible for someone to say "I saw your friend in the library the other day" and not be intending to say you have only one friend.

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    #4

    Re: you and yours

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I think it is possible for someone to say "I saw your friend in the library the other day" and not be intending to say you have only one friend.
    I agree, but the difference is generally as Rover has said. For the OP, the phrases generally aren't equivalent.

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    #5

    Re: you and yours

    Quote Originally Posted by Nicklexoxo View Post
    Hello everyone.

    Does a sentence "I saw your friend" equal to "I saw a friend of yours"?

    Sorry for the stupid question, but I am a littile bit confused.

    Thanks in advance.
    Nickle.
    This might be a bit of a BrE/AmE usage difference. I find both of your statements correct and having the same meaning. I don't find that the first restricts the person to only one friend. As a matter of fact, if the identity of the friend was not clear, the person would likely say "Which one?" That would be true with either phrasing.

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    #6
    I agree with SoothingD and MikeNY.

    Evidently it is a question of dialect

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