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    #1

    a friend of my sisterís/a friend of my sister

    Is there any difference in meaning in the following phrases? Are they equally natural?

    1) He is a friend of my sister’s.
    2) He is a friend of my sister.
    Last edited by englishhobby; 03-Jul-2016 at 16:05.
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    #2

    Re: a friend of my sisterís/a friend of my sister

    Neither is correct because they don't end with a full stop.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: a friend of my sisterís/a friend of my sister

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    Is there any difference in meaning in the following phrases? Are they equally natural?

    1) He is a friend of my sister’s.
    2) He is a friend of my sister.
    They are both natural. In number 1, the speaker is probably thinking that the sister has a number of friends. Number 2 doesn't suggest the sister has only one friend, but rather that the speaker doesn't have that number in mind.
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    Re: a friend of my sisterís/a friend of my sister

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I've always interpreted those differently:

    1) He is a friend of my sister’s. = This to me sounded like it was meant to be "He is a friend of my sister's friend."

    2) He is a friend of my sister.
    = "He is my sister's friend."
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    #5

    Re: a friend of my sisterís/a friend of my sister

    1) He is a friend of my sisterís. = This to me sounded like it was meant to be "He is a friend of my sister's friend."

    No, 1 has never meant that.

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    Re: a friend of my sisterís/a friend of my sister

    He's a friend of my sister's is a simple and common way to express that among all of my sister's friends, he is the one I'm talking about.
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    Re: a friend of my sisterís/a friend of my sister

    In BrE, "He's a friend of my sister" and "He's a friend of my sister's" are fairly unnatural. Most of us would say "He's one of my sister's friends" or "He's friends with my sister".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: a friend of my sisterís/a friend of my sister

    My personal preference is for "He's a friend of my sister/sister's". "He's friends with my sister" sounds unnatural to me. I am not alone - Ngram.

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    Re: a friend of my sisterís/a friend of my sister

    I'm not surprised by your preference but I'm surprised that you don't like the "to be friends with someone" construction. It's very common for me.

    I'm friends with lots of people from Europe.
    My nephew is friends with the kid next door.
    That guy over there is friends with my sister.
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    Re: a friend of my sisterís/a friend of my sister

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    He's a friend of my sister's is a simple and common way to express that among all of my sister's friends, he is the one I'm talking about.
    Not trying to argue here, but I'd just like to know if sister's is in possessive form showing possession, and if it is, what it is possessing. I mean, he is a friend of my sister's what? Sorry, I just couldn't wrap my head around why there's a need for the 's.

    P.S.: I hope I'm not hijacking someone's thread.
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