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Jack is a friend of Brian('s). Options
Reiko07
Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2019 3:05:52 AM

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(1) Jack is a friend of Brian.
(2) Jack is a friend of Brian's.
(3) Jack is one of Brian's friends.
(4) Jack is Brian's friend.

Which is correct?
ARMECH
Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2019 3:24:29 AM
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1, 3 and 4 are all acceptable and correct variants.
Wilmar (USA) 1M
Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2019 9:05:06 AM

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If you hear #2, just let it go. It's a common mistake.
Lotje1000
Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2019 9:29:19 AM

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#2 is a double genitive/possessive and considered common usage according to TFD.

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Usage Note: The "double genitive" construction, in which a possessive form appears as the object of the preposition of, as in a friend of my father's or a book of mine, is looked down on by some grammarians and usage critics. But this construction has been used in English since the 1300s and serves a useful purpose. It can help sort out ambiguous phrases [...]. There are also cases in which the double genitive may be more elegant.



Reiko07
Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2019 5:07:25 PM

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Thank you all. Angel

Is the following sentence correct?

It was no fault of the teacher's.
[From a grammar book for Japanese high school students.]

FounDit
Posted: Thursday, November 28, 2019 10:51:55 AM

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Reiko07 wrote:
Thank you all. Angel

Is the following sentence correct?

It was no fault of the teacher's.
[From a grammar book for Japanese high school students.]



Yes, though it is very formal. Teacher's is possessive. The fault was not her's.
Reiko07
Posted: Thursday, November 28, 2019 8:03:18 PM

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Thanks, FounDit. Angel
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