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@May123 posted:

What is the difference between:

- He is a friend of mine,
- He is my friend, and
- He is a friend of me?

Hello, May123—I assume you mean to ask about differences in meaning rather than differences in syntax.

"He is a friend of mine" means he is one of my friends, and that is how "He is my friend" would also be understood.

However, the sentence "He is my friend" would also be compatible with a state of affairs in which the speaker had only one friend.

"He is a friend of me" is unidiomatic and not to be used. The construction works in other cases, though. "Friends of John" might be used at John's funeral.

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