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    Smile A friend of your mother's

    A woman visited her neighbour, who was out. And her neighbour's son opened the door. She introduced herself to the son, "I am a friend of your mother's".

    If I were the woman, I would said, "I am your mother's friend". It seems more concise.

    I am wondering how you would say. Thanks!


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    Re: A friend of your mother's

    That is a commonly used way of saying this. It carries an implication of being one of many/several friends, whereas your alternative, equally valid, is more specific and seems to imply that you are the only friend.

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    Smile Re: A friend of your mother's

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    That is a commonly used way of saying this. It carries an implication of being one of many/several friends, whereas your alternative, equally valid, is more specific and seems to imply that you are the only friend.
    Thank you for your elucidation, Anglika.

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