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Hosseinabadi
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Jan 4, 2010, 10:51 AM

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Hi
Some days ago, I was reading a novel called Olive Twist in which I found a strange sentence. Below is the sentence. Please tell me whether the sentence is grammatically correct.

HE WAS A GOOD FRIEND OF THE LADIES.

I think this sentence is wrong and it should be as follows:

He was a good friend of the ladies'.

For example, we say, " it was a good idea of Adam's and not it was a good idea of Adam.
What is your idea?
Thank you


Mike
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Jan 4, 2010, 9:20 PM

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Hello!

Yes, you are right. We say "a friend of mine", and not "a friend of me", and the correct form is ladies'. The apostrophe is missing.

You may find the link below useful:
http://www.polseguera.org/...he_genitive_case.php

Thank you.

Best regards,
Mike

 
 


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