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    we ask someone not be friends someone anymore

    Do we ask someone not be friends someone anymore? For example "John's father to John: Stay away from Joann. She is not a good girl. You need not be friends with her anymore.

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    Re: we ask someone not be friends someone anymore

    You should part company with her.
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    Re: we ask someone not to bet friends with someone anymore

    Also:

    She is not a good influence on you.

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    Re: we ask someone not to bet friends with someone anymore

    You should break up with her.
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    Re: we ask someone not be friends someone anymore

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    Do we ask someone TO STOP BEING FRIENDS WITH SOMEBODY? For example, John's father to John: "Stay away from Joann. She is not a good girl. You SHOULD STOP BEING FRIENDS WITH HER.
    Note the suggestions.

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    Re: we ask someone not be friends someone anymore

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    You need not be friends with her anymore.
    He could say You need to not be friends with her, though that's not the most likely way to express the idea. The sentence without the preposition means "It's not longer necessary for you to be friends with her," which is quite a different statement. ("Need not" is another way to say "don't need to". It's old fashioned in American English.)

    This is a nuance which you shouldn't try to reproduce. Just remember that the verb you want is need to.
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    Re: we ask someone not be friends someone anymore

    The more likely spelling of her name is Joanne. It could be Joanna​ too.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: we ask someone not be friends someone anymore

    or Joan.

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