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Nicklexoxo

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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.
 

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'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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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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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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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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I agree with SoothingD and MikeNY.

Evidently it is a question of dialect
 
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