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    sentence meaning

    She is a friend of mine.

    Does this sentence mean that she is my good friend? Or mean that she is one of my friends? Please.


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    Quote Originally Posted by puzzle View Post
    She is a friend of mine.

    Does this sentence mean that she is my good friend? Or mean that she is one of my friends? Please.
    It just says that she is one of your friends. It makes no comment on how good a friend she is, Puzzle.

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    Re: sentence meaning

    He is a friend of my father.

    Does this sentence mean that he is a good friend of my father? Please.


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    Re: sentence meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by puzzle View Post
    He is a friend of my father.

    Does this sentence mean that he is a good friend of my father? Please.
    He is a friend of my father = He is one of my father friends, which means "your father has many friends, he is one of them(many friends)"

    It does not say whether he is a good friend or bad.


    [Note : I'm just a beginner. I'm also learning English]

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    Re: sentence meaning

    User_gary, I'll second that.

    You'd add good to express that meaning,

    Ex: He is a good friend of my father's.

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    Ex: He is a friend of my father's.
    Meaning: He is someone my father knows. Maybe my father knows him well, maybe he doesn't know him well.

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    Re: sentence meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    He is a friend of my father = He is one of my father's friends, which means "your father has many friends, he is one of them(many friends)"

    It does not say whether he is a good friend or bad.

    Not exactly. "He is a friend of my father" doesn't mean that your father has many friends, but it does mean that the person is one of your father's friends. As for "bad friend", that expression doesn't exist in my neck of the woods (where I live). Don't consider "good friend" the opposite of "bad friend". Instead, "good friend" is more like "close friend".

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